[syslog-ng] syslog-ng configuration from CLI

SZIGETVÁRI János jszigetvari at gmail.com
Sat Aug 3 12:21:49 UTC 2019

Hello Team,

A few years back I heard about a project that would have added
functionality to syslog-ng that would have enabled configurability from the
command line.
This was the respective PR: https://github.com/balabit/syslog-ng/pull/1326

Since then the PR was closed and part of the functionality provided by the
PR has been added to syslog-ng (in
but not the CLI configurability part.
I personally think that being able to configure syslog-ng through its
command line arguments would bear a great potential.
Of course running it with a complex configuration passed in through CLI
argument would be infeasible, but with simple, single-purpose logging
setups it would prove to be a very powerful tool.
For example when trying to empty a bunch of orphaned disk queue files, it
would be very easy to spin up several syslog-ng instances from a script
with only slightly differing configuration.

What do you guys think? Do you agree as well that this feature would bear a
lot of added value to syslog-ng?
Thanks for sharing your opinions!

Best Regards,
János Szigetvári
RHCE, License no. 150-053-692

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/janosszigetvari

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