To start download and extract all files to your server. Make sure that the rsinstaller file is executable. You need to run the installer with root rights. More information: Getting Started.

1. Installer

To print the usage do:
“rsinstaller -h” or “rsinstaller”

Usage example:
-h,–help                                     Display help
-r,–reconfigure                      Reconfigure services
-f,–fullinstall                            Start full installation
-a,–autoupgrade                   Auto upgrade (requires internet)
-d,–defaultconfig                 Restore default configuration
-al,–addlocallog                    Add local syslog to Remote Syslog
-rl,–rmlocallog                       Remove local syslog to Remote Syslog
-am,–memlimit                     Set new memory limit of 512M
-rm,–defaultmemlimit      Set default memory limit of 128M

1.1 Change the default configuration:

Use the following configuration files to customize Remote Syslog:

  • /opt/remotesyslog/colortail => for a new color regex
  • /opt/remotesyslog/syslog-ng => syslog configuration
  • /opt/remotesyslog/logrotate => change file rotation

To apply a new configuration, rerun the installer:
“rsinstaller -r” or “rsinstaller –reconfigure”

1.2 Update Remote Syslog:

There is a new installer in version 1.0 or higher (internet is required). You can update the installation with the following command:
“rsinstaller -a” or “rsinstaller –autoupgrade”

This update will not erase or update your configuration files. To update your configuration files to the latest version run (Section 1.4):
“rsinstaller -d” or “rsinstaller –defaultconfig”

Info: see section 1.1 to use a custom configuration.

1.3 Run a new installation on a new machine:

Run the following command to install Remote Syslog:
“rsinstaller -f” or “rsinstaller –fullinstall”

After a successfull run, select your supported operating system:
Select your OS:
1) Debian 8.x or Raspberry Pi 3B (Jessie Lite)
2) Debian 9.x or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or Raspberry Pi 3B (Stretch Lite)
3) Exit

Enter your option: <option here>

1.4 Restore the default configuration:

Run the following command to restore the default configuration:
“rsinstaller -d” or “rsinstaller –defaultconfig”

1.5 Force a full installation:

To force a full installation run the following commands:
1. “rm /usr/bin/rsinstaller”
2. “rsinstaller -f”

Make sure you install Remote Syslog to a clean Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or later installation. We tested the installation and usage for this platform.

1.6 Search MEM_LIMIT for GUI:

Currently the default MEM_LIMIT of PHP is 128M to search large plain text files. You can extent this limit to 512M. (higher is possible, but not recommended). You can use the following command to activate a higher limit:
“rsinstaller -am or rsinstaller –memlimit”

To deactivate this function use and restore the default setting:
“rsinstaller -rm or rsinstaller –defaultmemlimit”

2. Remote Syslog CLI

To start use a SSH client (Recommended Putty or buildin linux ssh client)

To print the usage do:
“rsview -h” or “rsview”

Usage example:
-h,–help                                                      Display help
-s,–search <search string>             Search through logging
-v,–view                                                     View logging
-l,–live                                                         View live logging
-ls,–livesearch <search string>   Search through live logging
-t,–testmessage                                    Send a test message
-c,–clearlog                                              Clear total log archive

2.1 View a live log:

Remote Syslog allows you to view a live logging with the following command:
“rsview -l” or “rsview –live”

This allow you to follow new messages live in a colorfull console. To filter your output use:
“rsview -ls <text to filter>” or “rsview –livesearch <text to filter>”

2.2 View logging:

Remote Syslog allows you to view a total logging of a week in your console. Run the following command:
“rsview -v” or “rsview –view”

This allow you to view messages in a colorfull console. To filter message do:
“rsview -s <text to filter>” or “rsview –search <text to filter>”

Use normal linux commands (like “cat, grep, tail”) to search through your logging. Use the following path: /var/log/remote_syslog/<per_host>

2.3 Send a test message or clear old live logging:

To test your server we added added a function to test the server:
“rsview -t” or “rsview –testmessage”

To clear all archived total logging run:
“rsview -c” or “rsview –clearlog”

2.4 Add a optional local logging module:

To add local logging to the Remote Syslog file:
“rsinstaller -al”

To remove local logging from the Remote Syslog file:
“rsinstaller -rl”

This module can be used for debugging.

2.5 CLI Preview (Version

3. Remote Syslog GUI

Use a browser to start. (Recommended Firefox)
Default port is 80. We recommend that you secure the apache2 http page. Configure SSL and basic/LDAP authentication. See section 5: Optional configuration.

3.1 How to control the GUI:

Button “Syslog archive”:
shows all archived files + current logging

Button “Send test message”:
Sends a test message to the syslog-ng deamon

Button “Clear live log archive”:
Clears the total archived live log files

Button “License”:
Display license

3.2 GUI Preview (Version

4. Usage demo:

5. Optional configuration:

5.1 Integrate Active Directory LDAP authentication for Apache 2:

Activate LDAP module apache:
“a2enmod ldap authnz_ldap”

Configure /etc/apache2/apache2.conf as following:
<Directory /var/www/html>
AuthType Basic
AuthName “Remote Syslog Login”
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
AuthBasicProvider ldap
AuthLDAPGroupAttributeIsDN On
AuthLDAPURL “ldap://<myadhost>:389/dc=prd,dc=corp?sAMAccountName?sub?(objectClass=*)
AuthLDAPBindDN “CN=,OU=Accounts,DC=DC01,DC=local”
AuthLDAPGroupAttribute member
require ldap-group cn=,ou=Groups,dc=DC01,dc=local

5.2 Basic authentication for Apache 2:

Install apache2-utils:
“apt-get install apache2-utils”

Create .htpasswd file:
“htpasswd -c /etc/apache2/.htpasswd <myuser>”

Configure /etc/apache2/apache2.conf as following:
<Directory /var/www/html>
AuthType Basic
AuthName “Remote Syslog Login”
AuthBasicProvider file
AuthUserFile “/etc/apache2/.htpasswd”
Require user
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
Require valid-user
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

5.3 Activate SSL in Apache 2:

Generate certificate:
“mkdir /etc/cert/”
“cd /etc/cert/”
“openssl req -new -x509 -days 3650 -sha1 -newkey rsa:1024 -nodes -keyout server.key -out server.crt”

Configure apache:
“nano /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf”

#Configure a virtualhost for SSL:
<VirtualHost *:443>
ServerAdmin norply@rs001
ServerName rs001
DocumentRoot /var/www/html
ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
SSLEngine on
SSLCertificateFile /etc/cert/server.crt
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/cert/server.key

Load SSL module apache2:
“cp /etc/apache2/mods-available/ssl.load /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/”
“a2enmod ssl”

Restart apache2:
“service apache2 restart”

5.4 Secure / apply filters for syslog-ng:

To filter specific messages from all host in the /var/log/remote_syslog/remote_syslog.log run as root:
“nano /opt/remotesyslog/syslog-ng”

Apply the following configuration:
……. t { tcp(); };
filter messages { not match(“<message_to_exclude>“) };
destination Y …..

Then run as root:
rsinstaller -r

The filter is applied and the syslog service is restarted.

To apply extra security or other filters for syslog-ng visit:

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