How to use rsyslog v7 on debian 5?

As development continues, there sometimes arises the need for additional packages to be installed in order to run the newest version. It is the same case for rsyslog. Since version 6.6.0 there is a requirement for json-c to be installed. For debian 6, there are packages available via package managers for easy installation. So there is no problem. For debian 5, the package repositories are unavailable and there is no .deb for json-c delivered on the disc. But without json-c, there is no chance to even install a current rsyslog on debian 5.

Gladly, there are other means to install json-c. There are tarballs available at


Unpack the tarball and install it with:

./configure --prefix=/usr
make install

Unfortunately, make install seems not to copy all the necessary files to correct destination. You still have to manually copy a single file. Do the following:

cp some/directory/json-c-0.10/json_object_iterator.h /usr/include/json/

Now you are all set up to install rsyslog 6.6.0 or 7.2.0 on a debian 5 system. If other packages are still missing (like bison), they are available as package on the disc.

rsyslog 7.2.0 (v7-stable) released

We are proud to announce the first stable version of the v7 branch. It contains only minor bug fixes in addition to the latest beta.

With that version, a full structured-logging/lumberjack enabled version is now available. For the top 5 advantages of rsyslog v7, please see


With this release, version 5 of rsyslog becomes legacy and is no longer supported by the rsyslog project. However, rsyslog v5 continues to be supported as part of Adiscon’s professional services for rsyslog, please see


We would also like to point you to Rainer’s blog, where he describes the importance of this release in more detail. The relationship to v6 is also clarified. Please see







As always, feedback is appreciated.

Best regards,
Florian Riedl

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