Posts Tagged ‘syslog’
I just think it is funny for a package as fundamental as system logger to depend on glib (part of the GTK+ project). (Of course, I don’t mean glib is a bad library. I’m not implying anything like that.)
Of course there are other reasons, but they are less important:
- Many distributions also prefer rsyslog to syslog-ng because it’s more powerful and scalable.  
- Several people complained against the performance of syslog-ng , although the performance of syslog is normally not an issue for individual users.
- Third, I don’t understand why the author of syslog-ng prefers listening on
/dev/logas a stream socket (local counterpart of TCP) instead of a datagram one (local counterpart of UDP). (I know it can be changed in the configuration file.) None of the common issues of UDP is present in local datagram sockets: too short length limit; out of order; unreliability. On the contrary, syslog needs unidirectional channels carrying boundary-maintained messages, for which nothing can be more suitable.
- Finally, licensing issues, upstream responsiveness, etc. They are less important for individual users, though.
Sure, syslog-ng also has its advantages. For example, I like the format of its configuration files.