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I'm using rsyslog to forward syslog entries from a pile of servers to Loggly

The configuration looks something like this:

# Config for loggly upload

This works, but because it's forwarding, any log entries which occur when there isn't an internet connection never make it to loggly.

Is there anyway I can configure rsyslog to "hold" log entries until an internet connection is established, and then send them? Or is there another tool I should be using for this?

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Rsyslog is able to buffer messages to disk if it is unable to contact a remote server. The default rsyslog.conf on my Fedora system includes the following example:

# ### begin forwarding rule ###
# The statement between the begin ... end define a SINGLE forwarding
# rule. They belong together, do NOT split them. If you create multiple
# forwarding rules, duplicate the whole block!
# Remote Logging (we use TCP for reliable delivery)
# An on-disk queue is created for this action. If the remote host is
# down, messages are spooled to disk and sent when it is up again.
#$WorkDirectory /var/lib/rsyslog # where to place spool files
#$ActionQueueFileName fwdRule1 # unique name prefix for spool files
#$ActionQueueMaxDiskSpace 1g   # 1gb space limit (use as much as possible)
#$ActionQueueSaveOnShutdown on # save messages to disk on shutdown
#$ActionQueueType LinkedList   # run asynchronously
#$ActionResumeRetryCount -1    # infinite retries if host is down
# remote host is: name/ip:port, e.g., port optional
#*.* @@remote-host:514
### end of the forwarding rule ###

The configuration is explain detail in this document.

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Dang. You beat me as I was just typing all that out since I couldn't copy/paste it. :) – Aaron Copley Feb 10 '12 at 19:44

syslog-ng can buffer logs to disk if it can't send them to the server.

 destination d_tcp { tcp(“logserver” log_disk_fifo_size(100000000)); };
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