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Problem: Trying to isolate the issue preventing one of our BlueSocket routers from logging to a FreeBSD syslog box. The one that is not logging has identical logging settings to the other but is on a DMZ segment, so I believe it is either a Firewall issue or a bug with the BlueSocket ( different firmware version ) at this point. Nonetheless, I am submitting my syslog settings to eliminate that possibility.

Here's the pertinent part of my syslog.conf:

*.err;kern.warning;auth.notice;mail.crit                /dev/console
*.notice;authpriv.none;kern.debug;;mail.crit;news.err   /var/log/messages
security.*                                      /var/log/security;                         /var/log/auth.log                                       /var/log/maillog                                        /var/log/lpd-errs                                        /var/log/xferlog
cron.*                                          /var/log/cron
*.=debug                                        /var/log/debug.log
*.emerg                                         *

*.*                                             /var/log/ppp.log
local1.*                                        /var/log/bluesocketWPL.log
local0.*                                        /var/log/bluesocketML.log

bluesocketML logs just fine regardless of position in file or interface set.

I've looked at the man pages and docs for syslog ...this looks right to me. This seems all the more obvious as the order of the entries makes no change in result.

Thanks for any thoughts you may have advance.


PS: Checked perms on files in question. Identical.

** UPDATE **

As per Chris' tip I ran a tcpdump for the hosts in question, looking for syslog traffic.

tcpdump -i bge0 host bluesocketML or host bluesocketWPL and port syslog

One WAP comes in loud and clear ...the other, nothing. I can ping it can ping me. Thinking that it must be a firewall issue on the device or on our firewall. We are connected by VPN in both cases. VPN policies seem whorish enough to me, but that seems like the next place to look.

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Does a tcpdump ip host [] and port syslog (replace with IP of the WAP) show any syslog traffic from the WAP? – Chris S Dec 3 '10 at 0:05
Shows from bluesocketML but not bluesocketWPL. Thanks ...great tip. But still at the drawing board ... – Bubnoff Dec 3 '10 at 1:06
Definitely time to check any firewalls in between and double check the configuration on the WAP (might also try updating the firmware if that isn't a overly complicated process). – Chris S Dec 3 '10 at 1:31
We'll be updating the firmware tomorrow. We've gone over the firewalls fairly exhaustively. The settings seems the same but what I might do is download the configs, run a 'diff' on them and grep for the log settings. – Bubnoff Dec 3 '10 at 2:07
@Bubnoff - Did you ever find a resolution for this? It sounds like the issue is on your BlueSocket device - did the firmware upgrade help? – voretaq7 Dec 7 '11 at 20:55
up vote 2 down vote accepted

A firewall rule at that branch + a reboot fixed the issue.

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