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I'm running Tor as a daemon and enabled the syslog. The Tor daemon is running well as a socks proxy server and sending all logs to /var/log/messages.

But I want to make Tor to write the log through syslog to one of the local[0-7] syslog facility, then I can clearly read the Tor specific logs in a single log file, for example /var/log/torlog.

It seems there is no way to assign the syslog facility. Does anyone know how to assign syslog facility ?

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  • If you want it to log to a file, surely you'd want to use the file log facility, rather than syslog?
    – cacahuatl
    Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 22:25

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You want to use the file option for Log to make Tor log to a specific file.

For example by setting the Log line in your torrc to this:

Log info file /var/log/torlog

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  • I did consider this option, but it won't go /var/log directory because Tor is not run as root. Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 15:32
  • You could always change the permission on the directory...
    – cacahuatl
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 21:37
  • I think rare people like to change the permission of the system directory /var/log. There is also the security concern. Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 14:00
  • That is how the Tor projects own debian package handles it. I don't think it's much of a security concern if done properly.
    – cacahuatl
    Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 16:05
  • I agree. But I don't know how to change the permission of /var/log properly without impact the security. Maybe it needs a specific directory instead of /var/log for this workaround to work. Currently, I don't want a specific directory. How about Tor add a function to assign the syslog facility ? Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 4:48
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There is no way to assign the syslog facility. A not working work around suggests to use Log info file /var/log/torlog , however this work around is really not working because Tor isn't run by root or privileged user.

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