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I am using ubuntu 14.04. I have to change the path of syslog file from /var/log to /opt/log. I have changed the path in 50-default.conf file from /var/log to /opt/log. I have restarted the rsyslog service also still it is not working. So how can I change the path?

  • Why would you want to change a standard location for syslog to /opt? – heynnema Jun 1 '17 at 18:21
  • That is one of my requirement that's why I have to change the location. – ams Jun 4 '17 at 7:40
  • Why do you have a requirement to change the location to /opt? I suspect that others will ask the same question. You really shouldn't tamper with how the system is put together. – heynnema Jun 4 '17 at 13:13
  • maybe if you tell your requirement, the community can give you a better solution. Never hesitate to share your problem, there are always smart solutions. – luv.preet Jul 26 '17 at 10:33
  • Thanks @luv.preet. Next time I will definitely tell my requirement with more information. I got the solution for the asked question. I will share the answer soon. – ams Jul 26 '17 at 10:41
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Thanks for your help.

I found the solution for this question. It is as follows :

In 50-default.conf file. I added following lines at the end so that most of the messages get logged in the mylog.log file.

daemon.*;mail.*;\
    news.err;\
    *.=debug;*.=info;\
    *.=notice;*.=warn   -/opt/log/mylog.log

After this in opt folder I created a log folder and changed the permission as below:

sudo mkdir /opt/log

sudo chmod -c 777 /opt/log

Then in /opt/log folder I created a mylog.log file and here also I changed the permission as below:

sudo touch mylog.log

sudo chmod -c 777 mylog.log

And then I restarted the rsyslog service as follows :

sudo service rsyslog restart

Hope this will be helpful for some people.

Thank You.

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