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This bug suggests that on 12.04, the default permissions for upstart logs do not allow rsyslogd to read them:

That is the logs need to be readable by group 'adm' (or is it 'syslog'?). It's simple enough to change the group for any given log file, but how do I make it persistent such that any rotated or newly created logs get the right group?

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I only can answer about "rotated logs".

Change the last line of /etc/logrotate.d/upstart to read create root adm instead of nocreate, so that the file reads

/var/log/upstart/*.log {
        rotate 7
        create root adm

This tell logrotate to create a new file with the same name as the rotated one, to leave the permissions the same and to chown the file to root:adm.

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