Making sure your logs work

SECURE LOGGING

Article from Issue 115/2010
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Might as well do it properly – rsyslog.

I was looking at my server backups the other day and suddenly realized I had no backups of the logfiles – you know, all the stuff in /var/log/ that you ignore until something breaks. Also, I realized I had no idea whether logging was actually working, so maybe I should go about fixing this.

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