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    Default Wowza logging via rsyslog?

    Has anyone had any success getting Wowza (therefor log4j) to send messages to a remote logging server? We generally run multiple worker instances in a load balanced configuration, killing off unneeded workers when load drops off, and having to move their log files to a central point before terminating gets to be quite a chore. I'm thinking it would be a lot more convenient to have all workers log to a central rsyslogd machine. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a lot of information available on doing this.

    Has anybody implemented this solution before? If so, how did you go about making it work?

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    The /conf/ file has a commented out UDP appender. I don't have any experience with it, however


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    That would work, but since we bill customers based upon our log contents I really was looking for a solution that would use TCP.

    The solution I finally developed was to use rsyslog. I designated one of my lightly-loaded EC2 instances to be by rsyslog server, and in it's rsyslog.conf I included:

    $ModLoad imtcp # loads the tcp module
    $InputTCPServerRun 514 # defines what port to listen on
    $EscapeControlCharactersOnReceive off # Prevents rsyslog from turning tab into #011

    $template WowzaFormat,"%TIMESTAMP% %fromhost-ip% %syslogtag%%msg:::sp-if-no-1st-sp%%msg:::drop-last-lf%\n" # Defines log line format
    $ActionFileDefaultTemplate WowzaFormat

    local1.* /var/log/wowza.log # Specifies that all messages for facility "local1" get written to wowza log file

    Then on my worker instances I set up the rsyslog.conf with:

    $InputFileName /usr/local/WowzaMediaServer/logs/wowzamediaserver_access.log
    $InputFileTag wowzaAccess:
    $InputFileStateFile statefile_access
    #$InputFileSeverity info
    $InputFileFacility local1

    local1.* @@<rsyslog listener server IP>
    #$ActionFileDefaultTemplate RSYSLOG_TraditionalFileFormat
    $template WowzaFormat,"%TIMESTAMP% %fromhost-ip% %syslogtag%%msg:::sp-if-no-1st-sp%%msg:::drop-last-lf%\n"
    $ActionFileDefaultTemplate WowzaFormat

    This setup has been working well for us for a couple of weeks now. I describe the setup process in a little more detail in my blog ( but the basic info included here should provide enough to get you started if you find that you need to centralize your Wowza logs too.

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    Dec 2007


    Very cool. Thank you for this great howto write-up. I will try it out.


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