I want to log everything to syslog in my application. I will be logging mostly at two levels. Info and debug. Debug messages I do not want end users to be able to see or access. As such these messages will be caught with the syslog.conf to a special folder.

My question is can I log other messages to console and to the messages file? My though was the following but this does not work as I expected.

#  /etc/syslog.conf     Configuration file for busybox's syslogd utility

*.debug     /var/log/debug

*.info      /var/log/info
*.info      /dev/consol
  • Also, double check that you don't have the typo /dev/consol as opposed to /dev/console in your configuration file. Commented Mar 29, 2022 at 22:52

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As per man 3 syslog make sure the "priority" value is set correctly when calling syslog().

A few useful snippets from the man page:

The priority argument is formed by ORing together a facility value and a level value (described below). If no facility value is ORed into priority, then the default value set by openlog() is used, or, if there was no preceding openlog() call, a default of LOG_USER is employed.


Values for facility: The facility argument is used to specify what type of program is logging the message. This lets the configuration file specify that messages from different facilities will be handled differently.

  • LOG_AUTH security/authorization messages
  • LOG_AUTHPRIV security/authorization messages (private)
  • LOG_CRON clock daemon (cron and at)=
  • LOG_DAEMON system daemons without separate facility value
  • LOG_FTP ftp daemon
  • LOG_KERN kernel messages (these can't be generated from user processes)
  • LOG_LOCAL0 through LOG_LOCAL7 reserved for local use
  • LOG_LPR line printer subsystem
  • LOG_MAIL mail subsystem
  • LOG_NEWS USENET news subsystem
  • LOG_SYSLOG messages generated internally by syslogd(8)
  • LOG_USER (default) generic user-level messages
  • LOG_UUCP UUCP subsystem

Values for level: This determines the importance of the message. The levels are, in order of decreasing importance:

  • LOG_EMERG system is unusable
  • LOG_ALERT action must be taken immediately
  • LOG_CRIT critical conditions
  • LOG_ERR error conditions
  • LOG_WARNING warning conditions
  • LOG_NOTICE normal, but significant, condition
  • LOG_INFO informational message
  • LOG_DEBUG debug-level message

The function setlogmask(3) can be used to restrict logging to specified levels only.

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