Todo #8350

Remove clog in favor of standard syslogd or syslogd alternative with rotation via newsyslog or logrotate

Added by Jim Pingle over 1 year ago. Updated 2 days ago.

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Maintaining clog patches and dealing with clog file format/output is cumbersome and not a strict requirement now that we have moved beyond the age of embedded/nanobsd

We should remove our dependence on clog and use plain text log files which can be rotated and archived and still maintain a small disk footprint, while not being strictly/exactly limited like clog.

Important points:

  • User log reading/searching must look back in archives for recent messages since rotating will remove them from the current active log file.
  • Log size/rotation schedule/number of past archived log files should be configurable, perhaps more. Log size is already there from clog settings, but for example newsyslog has several options for configuring when rotation happens and what it does at that time (e.g. compress with bzip)
  • Alternatives to syslog (e.g. syslog-ng, rsyslog) could be considered provided there is no loss of functionality
  • Functions dealing with clog files will need replaced/rewritten/removed -- probably not a significant effort since the option already exists today to use plain text logging, may only be a matter of removing dead code


#1 Updated by Darren Spruell about 1 year ago

+1 on this - clog is kind of neat for the use case it addresses, but is fairly inconvenient in terms of modern log analysis/log delivery. For example, clog is not well known and well-documented so there are relatively few references for it (pfSense being one of the best sources today). There is also a complication when considering remote log delivery; syslog works, but it suffers from being syslog. Modern log collection agents like Filebeat and Fluent Bit are used in increasingly more environments today and would benefit from having plaintext, rotated system logs to read from.

Offtopic - It would be good to see this change followed by creation/maintenance of Fluent Bit and Filebeat packages for pfSense to facilitate evolution of log delivery.

#2 Updated by Jim Pingle about 1 year ago

  • Target version changed from 2.4.4 to 48

#3 Updated by Jim Pingle 5 months ago

  • Target version changed from 48 to 2.5.0

#4 Updated by Jim Pingle 2 days ago

As a part of this, make sure to check other logs that were not displayed in the GUI before, such as the nginx logs, to help with issues such as #7198

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