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#1 2013-08-06 14:42:52

Registered: 2012-07-29
Posts: 15

smartd custom logfile on systemd + journald based system

An excerpt from smartd manpage reads:

-l FACILITY, --logfacility=FACILITY

Uses syslog facility FACILITY to log the messages from smartd. Here FACILITY is one of local0, local1, ..., local7, or daemon [default]. If this command-line option is not used, then by default messages from smartd are logged to the facility daemon.

Followed by steps how to accomplish this on a syslog based system.

Apparently, if Arch Linux is up-to-date, it runs journald in conjunction with systemd for the same purpose. For the latter, I cannot find a way to configure facilities or whatnot.

How to give smartd a logfile of it's own in a journald environment?

I've also posted this on Unix & Linux Stack Exchange.


#2 2014-01-31 09:03:28

Registered: 2011-02-12
Posts: 255

Re: smartd custom logfile on systemd + journald based system

I too do not know. I want the smartd to log to /var/log/something but cannot figureout how.


#3 2014-01-31 12:50:46

From: Aachen - Germany
Registered: 2005-01-03
Posts: 1,382

Re: smartd custom logfile on systemd + journald based system

The "facility" isn't what you think it is. It's not used to split into logfiles. It's just some arbitrary categorization. If you want all messages from smartd, run

$ journalctl -u smartd.service

If you want those message in a separate plain-text file, you need to run a syslog daemon.


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