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Enter messages into the system log.

March 2015
LOGGER(1)                                 User Commands                                 LOGGER(1)


logger - enter messages into the system log


logger [options] [message]


logger makes entries in the system log. When the optional message argument is present, it is written to the log. If it is not present, and the -f option is not given either, then standard input is logged.


-d, --udp Use datagrams (UDP) only. By default the connection is tried to the syslog port defined in /etc/services, which is often 514 . -e, --skip-empty When processing files, empty lines will be ignored. An empty line is defined to be a line without any characters. Thus a line consisting only of whitespace is NOT considered empty. Note that when the --prio-prefix option is specified, the prior‐ ity is not part of the line. Thus an empty line in this mode is a line that does not have any characters after the priority (e.g. "<13>"). -f, --file file Log the contents of the specified file. This option cannot be combined with a com‐ mand-line message. -i Log the PID of the logger process with each line. --id[=id] Log the PID of the logger process with each line. When the optional argument id is specified, then it is used instead of the logger command's PID. The use of --id=$$ (PPID) is recommended in scripts that send several messages. --journald[=file] Write a systemd journal entry. The entry is read from the given file, when speci‐ fied, otherwise from standard input. Each line must begin with a field that is accepted by journald; see systemd.journal-fields(7) for details. The use of a MES‐ SAGE_ID field is generally a good idea, as it makes finding entries easy. Exam‐ ples: logger --journald <<end MESSAGE_ID=67feb6ffbaf24c5cbec13c008dd72309 MESSAGE=The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on. DOGS=bark CARAVAN=goes on end logger --journald=entry.txt Notice that --journald will ignore values of other options, such as priority. If priority is needed it must be within input, and use PRIORITY field. The simple execution of journalctl will display MESSAGE field. Use journalctl --output json- pretty to see rest of the fields. --msgid MSGID Sets the RFC5424 MSGID field. Note that the space character is not permitted inside of MSGID. This option is only used if --rfc5424 is specified as well. Otherwise, it is silently ignored. --no-act Causes everything to be done except for the write the log message to the system log, remove connection or journal. This options is usable together with --stderr for testing purpose. --size size Sets the maximum permitted message size to size. The default is 1KiB characters, which is the limit traditionally used and specified in RFC 3164. With RFC 5424, this limit has become flexible. A good assumption is that RFC 5424 receivers can at least process 4KiB messages. Most receivers accept larger than 1KiB message over any type of syslog protocol. As such, the --size option affects logger in all cases (not only when --rfc5424 was used). Note: the message size limit limits the overall message size, including the syslog header. Header sizes vary depending on options selected and hostname length. As a rule of thumb, headers are usually not longer than 50 to 80 characters. When selecting maximum message size, it is important to ensure that the receiver sup‐ ports the max size as well, otherwise messages may become truncated. Again, as a rule of thumb two to four KiB message size should generally be OK, whereas anything larger should be verified to work. -n, --server server Write to the specified remote syslog server instead of to the system log socket. Unless --udp or --tcp is specified, logger will first try to use UDP, but if thist fails a TCP connection is attempted. -P, --port port Use the specified port. When this option is not specified, the port defaults to syslog for udp and to syslog-conn for tcp connections. -p, --priority priority Enter the message into the log with the specified priority. The priority may be specified numerically or as a facility.level pair. For example, -p logs the message as informational in the local3 facility. The default is user.notice. --prio-prefix Look for a syslog prefix on every line read from standard input. This prefix is a decimal number within angle brackets that encodes both the facility and the level. The number is constructed by multiplying the facility by 8 and then adding the level. For example,, meaning facility=16 and level=6, becomes <134>. If the prefix contains no facility, the facility defaults to what is specified by the -p option. Similarly, if no prefix is provided, the line is logged using the priority given with -p. This option doesn't affect a command-line message. --rfc3164 Use the RFC 3164 BSD syslog protocol to submit messages to a remote server. --rfc5424[=without] Use the RFC 5424 syslog protocol to submit messages to a remote server. The optional without argument can be a comma-separated list of the following values: notq, notime, nohost. The notq value suppresses the time-quality structured data from the submitted message. (The time-quality information shows whether the local clock was synchronized plus the maximum number of microseconds the timestamp might be off.) The notime value (which implies notq) suppresses the complete sender timestamp that is in ISO-8601 format, including microseconds and timezone. The nohost value suppresses gethostname(2) information from the message header. The RFC 5424 protocol has been the default for logger since version 2.26. --octet-count Use the RFC 6587 octet counting framing method for sending messages. When this option is not used, the default is no framing on UDP, and RFC6587 non-transparent- framing (also known as octet stuffing) on TCP. -s, --stderr Output the message to standard error as well as to the system log. -T, --tcp Use stream (TCP) only. By default the connection is tried to the syslog-conn port defined in /etc/services, which is often 601. -t, --tag tag Mark every line to be logged with the specified tag. -u, --socket socket Write to the specified socket instead of to the system log socket. --socket-errors[=mode] Print errors about Unix socket connections. The mode can be a value of off, on, or auto. When the mode is auto logger will detect if the init process is systemd, and if so assumption is made /dev/log can be used early at boot. Other init systems lack of /dev/log will not cause errors that is identical with messaging using open‐ log(3) system call. The logger(1) before version 2.26 used openlog, and hence was inable to detected loss of messages sent to Unix sockets. The default mode is auto. When errors are not enabled lost messages are not commu‐ nicated and will result to successful return value of logger(1) invocation. -- End the argument list. This allows the message to start with a hyphen (-). -V, --version Display version information and exit. -h, --help Display help text and exit.


The logger utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.


Valid facility names are: auth authpriv for security information of a sensitive nature cron daemon ftp kern cannot be generated from userspace process, automatically converted to user lpr mail news syslog user uucp local0 to local7 security deprecated synonym for auth Valid level names are: emerg alert crit err warning notice info debug panic deprecated synonym for emerg error deprecated synonym for err warn deprecated synonym for warning For the priority order and intended purposes of these facilities and levels, see sys‐ log(3).


logger System rebooted logger -p local0.notice -t HOSTIDM -f /dev/idmc logger -n System rebooted


syslog(3), journalctl(1), systemd.journal-fields(7)


The logger command is expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2 ("POSIX.2") compatible.


The logger command is part of the util-linux package and is available from Linux Kernel Archive ⟨⟩.
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refer to gethostname(2) | journalctl(1) | log(3) | syslog(3) | systemd.journal-fields(7)