Sending Syslog logs from Ubuntu to a remote syslog server

I don’t know why I didn’t have notes on this already. I’ve done it dozens of times. So here’s the write up.

I use Ubuntu and it uses the syslog facility/daemon called rsyslogd. Its configuration file is located here:

/etc/rsyslog.d/50-default.conf

This file tells the deamon where to log each type of message. For example the follow entry means that all cron message are sent to /var/log/cron.log:

cron.* /var/log/cron.log
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Best Quote Ever…

If you’ve never listed to Neil deGrasse Tyson he’s a great American astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium and has a podcast. A while back someone asked him the following:

“What is your favorite or in your opinion most significant space exploration related discovery of the last year or so?”

Here’s Neil deGrasse Tyson’s response: “… So I would have to say It was not a discovery it was the fact that we were able to land curiosity on mars in the way we did, it was an engineering Rube Goldberg nightmare that turned out to be completely successful and that tests all the other ways we can now land on other planetary objects, loved it, it was an engineering achievement not a scientific achievement.”

What’s best about it?  “.. it was an engineering Rube Goldberg nightmare that turned out to be completely successful..”

Just classic. If you research all the things that were done to land Curiosity on Mars you’ll understand what a mess of, well, Rube Goldberg systems were in place to land it on the surface. It was quite the contraption and the fact that it worked was amazing.