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[New: openFATE 311316] Improve syslog daemon switch and SystemV & SystemD integration
Feature added by: Marius Tomaschewski (mtomaschewski)

Feature #311316, revision 1
Title: Improve syslog daemon switch and SystemV & SystemD integration New
Requester: Important

Requested by: Marius Tomaschewski (mtomaschewski)
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Currently all syslog daemons (syslogd,rsyslog,syslog-ng) are started via
/etc/init.d/syslog script and switched using the SYSLOG_DAEMON variable in
/etc/sysconfig/syslog .

This provides a single, daemon independent, interface to the syslog service for
* log rotation ( /etc/logrotate.d files just call /etc/init.d/syslog reload ),
* allows programs to request additional $chroot/dev/log sockets by adding a
SYSLOGD_ADDITIONAL_SOCKET<service name> variable
* start klogd when the daemon needs it or skip when the syslog daemon has
built-in klogd
The /etc/init.d/syslog script handles the above cases, even syslogd needs e.g.
the additional sockets via -a parameter while rsyslog & syslog-ng in the config
file (denerated & included in main config).

Because there are no conflicts between the daemon packages, this even allows
the use a different daemon to handle local machine logs and a different to
implement a log-host (with additional init script), when the user wishes to do

On openSUSE-11.4, systemd that may optionally be used instead of sysvinit /
upstart . We've adopted the syslog-daemons
( to support systemd socket
activation [systemd.socket(5)] allowing to restart and switch between daemons
without to close the sockets. We currently do not use a systemd native
systemd.service(5) file, because we'd have to start it via /etc/init.d/syslog
due to features listed above anyway and systemd exposes the /etc/init.d/syslog
script as LSB syslog.service already.

This request is to rethink all the mechanisms and improve the current syslog
packages. It includes splits/changes to the syslog packages, adoption of all
packages that request additional chroot sockets, adoption of yast2 modules that
may configure the syslog service and systemd to provide all the functionality
required to implement the systemd socket activation support in Type=forking
systemd.service(5) mode as shared library and a devel package (reported as I consider this library as
mandatory for any future changes regarding systemd socket activation, because
at the moment all the required code is included inline in (at least) 3 daemons
+ startproc and we have to get rid of this as soon as possible.

- Use systemd session manager instead of SysVinit/upstart (feature/id: 310327)
- Init Systems: To System V, systemd, or upstart? (feature/id: 310421)
- syslog daemon -- socket activation / systemd integration (novell/bugzilla/id:
- systemd does not provide headers / lib usable in daemons (novell/bugzilla/id:

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