Type: global configuration parameter

Default: on


This parameter instructs rsyslogd to replace control characters during reception of the message. The intent is to provide a way to stop non-printable messages from entering the syslog system as whole. If this option is turned on, all control-characters are converted to a 3-digit octal number and be prefixed with the $ControlCharacterEscapePrefix character (being ‘\’ by default). For example, if the BEL character (ctrl-g) is included in the message, it would be converted to “\007”. To be compatible to sysklogd, this option must be turned on.


  • turning on this option most probably destroys non-western character sets (like Japanese, Chinese and Korean)

  • turning on this option destroys digital signatures if such exists inside the message

  • if turned on, the drop-cc, space-cc and escape-cc property replacer options do not work as expected because control characters are already removed upon message reception. If you intend to use these property replacer options, you must turn off $EscapeControlCharactersOnReceive.


$EscapeControlCharactersOnReceive on

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Help with configuring/using Rsyslog:

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