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is there a way with rsyslog or syslog-ng to allow tab delimited messages? I'm currently using rsyslog and the c syslog() function to generate syslog messages from within my app. The problem is that I use \t and they get translated into #011 when I view the logs. Ideally I'd like to have the other control chars translated except tab. is something like this possible?

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You might want to ask this on Stack Overflow instead. Sounds like a developer question. That being said, what app are you using to view the logs? – romandas Aug 7 '09 at 2:33

syslog-ng will pass tabs

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You definitely can with syslog-ng - not sure about rsyslog. To do it in syslog-ng, you simply add a \t in the tokens.

The syslog tool I use employs tab delimiters, here's the config for it:

destination d_logzilla {
   program("/www/logzilla/scripts/db_insert.pl"
   template("$YEAR-$MONTH-$DAY $HOUR:$MIN:$SEC\t$HOST\t$PRI\t$PROGRAM\t$MSGONLY\n")
   template_escape(yes)
   );
};

And here's a short video on how to configure syslog-ng from their site: http://www.logzilla.pro/syslog-ng-configuration

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