global() configuration object

The global configuration object permits to set global parameters. Note that each parameter can only be set once and cannot be re-set thereafter. If a parameter is set multiple times, the behaviour is unpredictable. As with other configuration objects, parameters for this object are case-insensitive.

The following parameters can be set:

  • action.reportSuspension - binary, default “on”, v7.5.8+

    If enabled (“on”) action will log message under syslog.* when an action suspends or resumes itself. This usually happens when there are problems connecting to backend systems. If disabled (“off”), these messages are not generated. These messages can be useful in detecting problems with backend systems. Most importantly, frequent suspension and resumption points to a problem area.

  • action.reportSuspensionContinuation - binary, default “off”, v7.6.1+, v8.2.0+

    If enabled (“on”) the action will not only report the first suspension but each time the suspension is prolonged. Otherwise, the follow-up messages are not logged. If this setting is set to “on”, action.reportSuspension is also automaticaly turned “on”.

  • workDirectory

  • dropMsgsWithMaliciousDNSPtrRecords

  • localHostname

  • preserveFQDN

  • defaultNetstreamDriverCAFile

    For TLS syslog, the CA certificate that can verify the machine keys and certs (see below)

  • defaultNetstreamDriverKeyFile

    Machine private key

  • defaultNetstreamDriverCertFile

    Machine public key (certificate)

  • debug.gnutls (0-10; default:0)

    Any other parameter than 0 enables the debug messages of GnuTLS. the amount of messages given depends on the height of the parameter, 0 being nothing and 10 being very much. Caution! higher parameters may give out way more information than needed. We advise you to first use small parameters to prevent that from happening. This parameter only has an effect if general debugging is enabled.

  • processInternalMessages binary (on/off)

    This tells rsyslog if it shall process internal messages itself. The default mode of operations (“off”) makes rsyslog send messages to the system log sink (and if it is the only instance, receive them back from there). This also works with systemd journal and will make rsyslog messages show up in the systemd status control information.

    If this (instance) of rsyslog is not the main instance and there is another main logging system, rsyslog internal messages will be inserted into the main instance’s syslog stream. In this case, setting to (“on”) will let you receive the internal messages in the instance they originate from.

    Note that earlier versions of rsyslog worked the opposite way. More information about the change can be found in rsyslog-error-reporting-improved.

  • stdlog.channelspec

    Permits to set the liblogging-stdlog channel specifier string. This in turn permits to send rsyslog log messages to a destination different from the system default. Note that this parameter has only effect if processInternalMessages is set to “off”. Otherwise it is silently ignored.

  • defaultNetstreamDriver

    Set it to “gtls” to enable TLS for TLS syslog

  • maxMessageSize

    Configures the maximum message size allowed for all inputs. Default is 8K. Anything above the maximum size will be truncated.

    Note: some modules provide separate parameters that allow overriding this setting (e.g., imrelp’s MaxDataSize parameter).

  • janitor.interval [minutes], available since 8.3.3

    Sets the interval at which the janitor process runs.

  • debug.onShutdown available in 7.5.8+

    If enabled (“on”), rsyslog will log debug messages when a system shutdown is requested. This can be used to track issues that happen only during shutdown. During normal operations, system performance is NOT affected. Note that for this option to be useful, the debug.logFile parameter must also be set (or the respective environment variable).

  • debug.logFile available in 7.5.8+

    This is used to specify the debug log file name. It is used for all debug output. Please note that the RSYSLOG_DEBUGLOG environment variable always overrides the value of debug.logFile.

  • net.ipprotocol available in 8.6.0+

    This permits to instruct rsyslog to use IPv4 or IPv6 only. Possible values are “unspecified”, in which case both protocols are used, “ipv4-only”, and “ipv6-only”, which restrict usage to the specified protocol. The default is “unspecified”.

    Note: this replaces the former -4 and -6 rsyslogd command line options.

  • net.aclAddHostnameOnFail available in 8.6.0+

    If “on”, during ACL processing, hostnames are resolved to IP addresses for performance reasons. If DNS fails during that process, the hostname is added as wildcard text, which results in proper, but somewhat slower operation once DNS is up again.

    The default is “off”.

  • net.aclResolveHostname available in 8.6.0+

    If “off”, do not resolve hostnames to IP addresses during ACL processing.

    The default is “on”.

  • net.enableDNS [on/off] available in 8.6.0+

    Default: on

    Can be used to turn DNS name resolution on or off.

  • net.permitACLWarning [on/off] available in 8.6.0+

    Default: on

    If “off”, suppress warnings issued when messages are received from non-authorized machines (those, that are in no AllowedSender list).

  • parser.parseHostnameAndTag [on/off] available in 8.6.0+

    Default: on

    This controls wheter the parsers try to parse HOSTNAME and TAG fields from messages. The default is “on”, in which case parsing occurs. If set to “off”, the fields are not parsed. Note that this usually is not what you want to have.

    It is highly suggested to change this setting to “off” only if you know exactly why you are doing this.

  • parser.permitSlashInHostname [on/off] available in 8.25.0+

    Default: off

    This controls whether slashes in the “programname” property are permitted or not. This property bases on a BSD concept, and by BSD syslogd sources, slashes are NOT permitted inside the program name. However, some Linux tools (including most importantly the journal) store slashes as part of the program name inside the syslogtag. In those cases, the programname is truncated at the first slash. If this setting is changed to “on”, slashes are permitted and will not terminate programname parsing.

  • parser.permitSlashInProgramName [on/off] available in 8.25.0+

    Default: off

    This controls whether slashes in the static part of the tag are permitted or not. If this setting is off, a value of “app/foo[1234]” in the tag will result in a programname of “app”. If an application stores an absolute path name like “/app/foo[1234]”, the programname property will become empty (“”). If you need to actually store slashes as part of the programname, this setting should be changed to “on” to permit this. Then, a syslogtag of “/app/foo[1234]” will result in programname being “/app/foo”.

  • senders.keepTrack [on/off] available 8.17.0+

    Default: off

    If turned on, rsyslog keeps track of known senders and also reports statistical data for them via the impstats mechanism.

    A list of active senders is kept. When a new sender is detected, an informational message is emitted. Senders are purged from the list only after a timeout (see senders.timoutAfter parameter). Note that we do not intentionally remove a sender when a connection is closed. The whole point of this sender-tracking is to have the ability to provide longer-duration data. As such, we would not like to drop information just because the sender has disconnected for a short period of time (e.g. for a reboot).

    Senders are tracked by their hostname (taken at connection establishment).

    Note: currently only imptcp and imtcp support sender tracking.

  • senders.timeoutAfter [seconds] available 8.17.0+

    Default: 12 hours (12*60*60 seconds)

    Specifies after which period a sender is considered to “have gone away”. For each sender, rsyslog keeps track of the time it least received messages from it. When it has not received a message during that interval, rsyslog considers the sender to be no longer present. It will then a) emit a warning message (if configured) and b) purge it from the active senders list. As such, the sender will no longer be reported in impstats data once it has timed out.

  • senders.reportGoneAway [on/off] available 8.17.0+

    Default: off

    Emit a warning message when now data has been received from a sender within the senders.timeoutAfter interval.

  • senders.reportNew [on/off] available 8.17.0+

    Default: off

    If sender tracking is active, report a sender that is not yet inside the cache. Note that this means that senders which have been timed out due to prolonged inactivity are also reported once they connect again.

  • debug.unloadModules [on/off] available 8.17.0+

    Default: on

    This is primarily a debug setting. If set to “off”, rsyslog will never unload any modules (including plugins). This usually causes no operational problems, but may in extreme cases. The core benefit of this setting is that it makes valgrind stack traces readable. In previous versions, the same functionality was only available via a special build option.

  • debug.files [ARRAY of filenames] available 8.29.0+

    Default: none

    This can be used to configure rsyslog to only show debug-output generated in certain files. If the option is set, but no filename is given, the debug-output will behave as if the option is turned off.

    Do note however that due to the way the configuration works, this might not effect the first few debug-outputs, while rsyslog is reading in the configuration. For optimal results we recommend to put this parameter at the very start of your configuration to minmize unwanted output.

    See debug.whitelist for more information.

  • debug.whitelist [on/off] available 8.29.0+

    Default: on

    This parameter is an assisting parameter of debug.files. If debug.files is used in the configuration, debug.whitelist is a switch for the files named to be either white- or blacklisted from displaying debug-output. If it is set to on, the listed files will generate debug-output, but no other files will. The reverse principle applies if the parameter is set to off.

    See debug.files for more information.

  • environment [ARRAY of environment variable=value strings] available 8.23.0+

    Default: none

    This permits to set environment variables via rsyslog.conf. The prime motivation for having this is that for many libraries, defaults can be set via environment variables, but setting them via operating system service startup files is cumbersome and different on different platforms. So the environment parameter provides a handy way to set those variables.

    A common example is to set the http_proxy variable, e.g. for use with KSI signing or ElasticSearch. This can be done as follows:


    Note that an environment variable set this way must contain an equal sign, and the variable name must not be longer than 127 characters.

    It is possible to set multiple environment variables in a single global statement. This is done in regular array syntax as follows:

                        "another_one=this string is=ok!"

    As usual, whitespace is irrelevant in regard to parameter placing. So the above sample could also have been written on a single line.

  • internalmsg.ratelimit.interval [positive integer] available 8.29.0+

    Default: 5

    Specifies the interval in seconds onto which rate-limiting is to be applied to internal messgaes generated by rsyslog(i.e. error messages). If more than internalmsg.ratelimit.burst messages are read during that interval, further messages up to the end of the interval are discarded.

  • internalmsg.ratelimit.burst [positive integer] available 8.29.0+

    Default: 500

    Specifies the maximum number of internal messages that can be emitted within the ratelimit.interval interval. For futher information, see description there.

    Caution: Environment variables are set immediately when the corresponding statement is encountered. Likewise, modules are loaded when the module load statement is encountered. This may create sequence dependencies inside rsyslog.conf. To avoid this, it is highly suggested that environment variables are set right at the top of rsyslog.conf. Also, rsyslog-related environment variables may not apply even when set right at the top. It is safest to still set them in operating system start files. Note that rsyslog environment variables are usually intended only for developers so there should hardly be a need to set them for a regular user. Also, many settings (e.g. debug) are also available as configuration objects.

  • errorMessagesToStderr.maxNumber [positive integer] available 8.30.0+

    Default: unlimited

    This permits to put a hard limit on the number of messages that can go to stderr. If for nothing else, this capability is helpful for the testbench. It permits to reduce spamming the test log while still providing the ability to see initial error messages. Might also be useful for some practical deployments.

  • variables.caseSensitve [boolean (on/off)] available 8.30.0+

    Default: off

    This permits to make variables case-sensitive, what might be required for some exotic input data where case is the only difference in field names. Note that in rsyslog versions prior to 8.30, the default was “on”, which very often led to user confusion. There normally should be no need to switch it back to “on”, except for the case to be mentioned. This is also the reason why we switched the default.

  • dynafile.donotsuspend [boolean (on/off)] available 8.32.0+

    Default: on

    This permits SUSPENDing dynafile actions. Traditionally, SUSPEND mode was never entered for dynafiles as it would have blocked overall processing flow. Default is not to suspend (and thus block).