Use this documentation with care! It describes the heavily outdated version 5, which was actively developed around 2010 and is considered dead by the rsyslog team for many years now.

This documentation reflects the latest update of the previously existing (now removed) v5-stable branch. It describes the 5.10.2 version, which was never released. As such, it contains some content that does not apply to any released version.

To obtain the doc that properly matches your installed v5 version, obtain the doc set from your distro. Each version of rsyslog contained the version that exactly matches it.

As general advise, it is strongly suggested to upgrade to the current version supported by the rsyslog project. The current version can always be found on the right-hand side info box on the rsyslog web site.

Note that there is no rsyslog community support available for this heavily outdated version. If you need to stick with it, please ask your distribution for support.



Type: global configuration directive

Default: 0644


The $FileCreateMode directive allows to specify the creation mode with which rsyslogd creates new files. If not specified, the value 0644 is used (which retains backward-compatibility with earlier releases). The value given must always be a 4-digit octal number, with the initial digit being zero.

Please note that the actual permission depend on rsyslogd’s process umask. If in doubt, use “$umask 0000” right at the beginning of the configuration file to remove any restrictions.

$FileCreateMode may be specified multiple times. If so, it specifies the creation mode for all selector lines that follow until the next $FileCreateMode directive. Order of lines is vitally important.


$FileCreateMode 0600

This sample lets rsyslog create files with read and write access only for the users it runs under.

The following sample is deemed to be a complete rsyslog.conf:

$umask 0000 # make sure nothing interferes with the following  definitions *.* /var/log/file-with-0644-default $FileCreateMode 0600 *.* /var/log/file-with-0600 $FileCreateMode 0644 *.* /var/log/file-with-0644

As you can see, open modes depend on position in the config file. Note the first line, which is created with the hardcoded default creation mode.

[rsyslog.conf overview] [manual index] [rsyslog site]

This documentation is part of the rsyslog project. Copyright © 2007 by Rainer Gerhards and Adiscon. Released under the GNU GPL version 3 or higher.

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