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Date:      Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:30:25 -0600
From:      Paul Schmehl <>
To:        FreeBSD Questions List <>
Subject:   Unexepected results when piping syslog to a fifo
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I'm working on a project which requires that I pipe a remote syslog to a 
fifo so a daemon can parse the results.  After some googling I *thought* 
that I had figured out how to configure syslog to do this.  Here's the 
syslog.conf entry:

*.* | cat > /var/run/program/program.fifo

This seems to work for one syslog message.  The rest go to 

So I tried this:
*.* | tail -f > /var/run/program/program.fifo

But that seems to do the same thing.

I want these messages to be piped to the fifo *only* and not show up in 
local logs.  What's the secret sauce for this?

Paul Schmehl (
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas

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