[syslog-ng] Getting named pipes to work

Balazs Scheidler bazsi at balabit.hu
Mon Jan 12 21:17:37 CET 2009

On Mon, 2009-01-12 at 10:25 -0600, Mike Rykowski wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm new to syslog-ng and trying to get named pipes to work. I'm running
> version 2.0.2. I get the following messages in the log on start up:
> Jan 12 10:09:02 netlog-e0 netlog syslog-ng[11791]: syslog-ng starting
> up; version='2.0.2'
> Jan 12 10:09:02 netlog-e0 netlog syslog-ng[11791]: Error opening file
> for writing; filename='/var/log/netlog/sec-pipe', error='No such file or
> directory (2)'
> In my conf file I have:
> destination dst_sec { pipe("/var/log/netlog/sec-pipe")};
> On the host I have the pipe setup as:
> prw-r--r--    1 syslog-ng syslog-ng        0 Jan 12 10:05 sec-pipe
> The syslog-ng process is run with user 'syslog-ng'. So I added the owner
> and group options for the pipe command and set them to syslog-ng and
> that resulted in the same message.

Hmm... do you happen to use chroot? Because that might influence the

Also, try running syslog-ng under strace and see how it tries to open
the pipe.

If you have chroot related problems, please try the new 3.0 version of
syslog-ng, that works much better with chroots and non-root usage.


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