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Installing Syslog-ng on Solaris 9

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Those notes were created based on my experience in integration of syslog-ng in the Tivoli environment. Although I tried to clean them to make the how-to more universally applicable, some details might still be relevant only to this particular purpose.

  1. Download two required packages from Sunfreeware

    libol 0.3.13

    syslog-ng1.6.4 or later

  2. Unzip and install libol package

    cd ~/syslog-ng

    gunzip libol-0.3.13-sol9-sparc-local.gz
    pkgadd -d 
    | tee ~/syslog-ng/libol.log

  3. Unzip and install syslog-ng package

    gunzip syslogng-1.6.4-sol9-sparc-local.gz
    pkgadd -d 
    syslogng-1.6.4-sol9-sparc-local | tee ~/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.log


  4. Create the directory /etc/syslog-ng

    cd /etc

    mkdir /etc/syslog-ng

    chmod 755 /etc/syslog-ng

    chown root:sys /etc/syslog-ng


  5. Copy configuration file into /etc/syslog-ng and link it to /etc/syslog.conf

    cp /usr/local/doc/syslog-ng/doc/syslog-ng.conf.solaris /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf # Use attached script

    chmod 644 /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf && chown root:sys /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf

    mv /etc/syslog.conf /etc/syslog.cong.orig

    ln -s /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf /etc/syslog.conf

  6. Copy startup script into /etc/init.d. That changes all links to /etc/init.d/syslog in rc0.d ... rc3.d and rcS.d (in rc.0, rc.1 it's kill actions K40syslog,  in rc.2 it's start action S74syslog )

    cp /etc/init.d/syslog /etc/init.d/syslog.orig

    cp /usr/local/doc/syslog-ng/contrib/init.d.solaris /etc/init.d/syslog # get solaris startup script

    chmod 744 /etc/init.d/syslog && chown root:sys /etc/init.d/syslog

  7. Check the correctness of the configuration

    /usr/local/sbin/syslog-ng -v -s -f /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf

  8. Shut down the orig syslogd .

        /etc/init.d/syslog.orig stop

  9. Remove executable bits from the original syslogd.

        chmod 644 /usr/sbin/syslogd

  10. Edit /etc/logadm.conf:

    cp /etc/logadm.conf /etc/sysadm.conf.orig

    vi /etc/

    then replace all

        'kill -HUP `cat /var/run/`'


        'kill -HUP `cat /etc/syslog-ng/`'

    using for example vi (or ed) command  :


  11. Start syslogd-ng

    /etc/init.d/syslog start 

  12. Check is it created /etc/syslog-ng/
  13. Send test message using logger 

    logger -p daemon.crit syslog-ng test

    Check tail of /var/adm/messages. It should have  a line like:

    Feb 17 18:37:55 tivoliada daemon: [ID 702911 daemon.crit]

Supplement 1:  Modified /etc/init.d/syslog

Supplement 2:  Modified /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf



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