SYSLOGNG, as the name shows, is a syslogd replacement, but with new functionality for the new generation. The original syslogd allows messages only to be sorted based on priority/facility pairs; syslog-ng adds the possibility to filter based on message contents using regular expressions. The new configuration scheme is intuitive and powerful. Forwarding logs over TCP and remembering all forwarding hops makes it ideal for firewalled environments.

GroundWork Monitor uses syslog-ng to parse incoming syslog messages from remote systems. Syslog-ng is used to suppress uninteresting messages and pass critical messages directly into Nagios and into the GroundWork Foundation database for alarming and reporting.

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