One of the crucial parts of a system is the logging of application messages. On most systems, this logging is performed through syslogd, which is a legacy application that suffers some disadvantages. Fortunately, a more modern version exists called syslog-ng. This project allows you to perform more reliable network logging by using TCP instead of UDP, specify more flexible filters, and even to insert messages into a relational database through the ability to log into named pipes and execute scripts to process the log data.
Since syslog-ng can be configured with quite a bit of flexibility, it also allows for more gimmicks. Log messages can be sent over Stunnel; this application allows data transmission over TCP and, being SSL encrypted, encrypts all the logging messages.
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