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Log messages by facility and level.

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A quick program to write to a specified log facility at a specified log level.

I originally wrote this so I had a way to quickly and easily test my syslog-ng configuration. Of course there were probably already programs that would do this, but for whatever dumb reason, I couldn’t find them. (logger came to mind much later - On the bright side, it gave me the opportunity to mock the Python logging class for my unit test, using Gary Bernhardt’s Dingus library. I also used his Expecter library again. Big thanks to Gary. He’s been my goto for Python + TDD.


Syslogger is in pypi at To install, simply use pip.

` pip install syslogger `

or maybe

` sudo pip install --upgrade syslogger `


syslogger runs from the command line.

` syslogger FACILITY LEVEL [--address ADDRESS] MESSAGE `

where FACILITY is one of:

  • AUTH
  • CRON
  • FTP
  • KERN
  • LPR
  • MAIL
  • NEWS
  • USER
  • UUCP
  • LOCAL0
  • LOCAL1
  • LOCAL2
  • LOCAL3
  • LOCAL4
  • LOCAL5
  • LOCAL6
  • LOCAL7

and LEVEL is one of:

  • INFO

and ADDRESS is the address of the socket that your system logger is listening to (defaults to /dev/log),

and MESSAGE is the message you’d like to log.


If you think syslogger might make your Python logging easier, feel free to use it in your code too.

` from syslogger.syslogger import Syslogger l = Syslogger(level="CRITICAL", facility="AUTH", address="/dev/log") l.log("Hello world, love syslogger") `

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