For some reason I see the output from this iptables rule


on the console eventhough I have disabled kern in /etc/syslog.conf

#kern.*                                                 /dev/console
*.info;mail.none;authpriv.none;cron.none                /var/log/messages
authpriv.*                                              /var/log/secure
mail.*                                                  -/var/log/maillog
cron.*                                                  /var/log/cron
*.emerg                                                 *
uucp,news.crit                                          /var/log/spooler
local7.*                                                /var/log/boot.log

But for some reason I still get the output on the console.

Does anyone know why that is?


Could it have something to do with klogd?

# service syslog status
syslogd (pid  2099) is running...
klogd (pid  2102) is running...
  • You HUPed syslogd, right? – cjc Feb 2 '12 at 15:46
  • You probably have another line that is matching. Please paste your entire syslogd.conf. – Jeff Ferland Feb 2 '12 at 15:47
  • @JeffFerland The post is now updated with the enture syslogd.conf – Sandra Feb 2 '12 at 15:54
  • @cjc What does "HUPed" mean? I have just edited /etc/syslog.conf and then service syslog restart – Sandra Feb 2 '12 at 15:58
  • @Sandra: it means reloading the syslogd process by sending SIGHUP or calling service syslog reload. Restart should be OK also. – Khaled Feb 2 '12 at 15:59

I assume you're running a RHEL-derived linux.

Take a look at:


So, you will need to edit /etc/sysconfig/syslog and edit the KLOGD_OPTIONS line.

After that, you'll need to run service syslog restart (the options set in /etc/sysconfig/syslog are startup command line options for the syslogd and klogd processes, and are separate from the configuration file).

As a side note, I have this in my /etc/sysconfig/syslog file:


Basically, we're setting level for the console message from the kernel to priority level 1.

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