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Solaris™ 8 System Administrator Exam Cram™ 2 (Exams CX-310-011 and CX-310-012) by Darrell L. Ambro

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The syslog Facility

The syslogd(1M) daemon accepts messages sent to it from system (kernel and device drivers) and user programs and handles them based on the entries in the /etc/syslog.conf file. These messages can report anything from emergency situations to debugging details. Common uses include monitoring logins and recording hacking attempts. Typically, the syslogd command writes these messages to the specified log file, but other processing options are supported. A syslog message is categorized by its source, a source facility, and a priority, or severity level.

Source Facilities

To better control the handling of log messages, the facilities generating the messages can be used to determine where the messages are sent or stored. Therefore, ...

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