RSyslog Documentation

$EscapeControlCharactersOnReceive

Type: global configuration parameter

Default: on

Description:

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.

Warning:

  • 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.

Sample:

$EscapeControlCharactersOnReceive on

See also

Help with configuring/using Rsyslog:

  • Mailing list - best route for general questions
  • GitHub: rsyslog source project - detailed questions, reporting issues that are believed to be bugs with Rsyslog
  • Stack Exchange (View, Ask) - experimental support from rsyslog community

See also

Contributing to Rsyslog:

Copyright 2008-2020 Rainer Gerhards (Großrinderfeld), and Others.

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