loggen man page

loggen — Generate syslog messages at a specified rate

Synopsis

loggen [options]target [port]

Description

NOTE: The loggen application is distributed with the syslog-ng system logging application, and is usually part of the syslog-ng package. The latest version of the syslog-ng application is available at the official syslog-ng website[1].

This manual page is only an abstract; for the complete documentation of syslog-ng, see The syslog-ng Administrator Guide[2].

The loggen application is tool to test and stress-test your syslog server and the connection to the server. It can send syslog messages to the server at a specified rate, using a number of connection types and protocols, including TCP, UDP, and unix domain sockets. The messages can be generated automatically (repeating the PADDstring over and over), or read from a file or the standard input.

When loggen finishes sending the messages, it displays the following statistics:

· average rate: Average rate the messages were sent in messages/second.

· count: The total number of messages sent.

· time: The time required to send the messages in seconds.

· average message size: The average size of the sent messages in bytes.

· bandwidth: The average bandwidth used for sending the messages in kilobytes/second.

Options

--active-connections <number-of-connections>
Number of connections loggen will use to send messages to the destination. This option is usable only when using TCP or TLS connections to the destination. Default value: 1

The loggen utility waits until every connection is established before starting to to send messages. See also the --idle-connections option.
--csv or -C
Send the statistics of the sent messages to stdout as CSV. This can be used for plotting the message rate.
--dgram or -D
Use datagram socket (UDP or unix-dgram) to send the messages to the target. Requires the --inet option as well.
--dont-parse or -d
Do not parse the lines read from the input files, send them as received.
--help or -h
Display a brief help message.
--idle-connections <number-of-connections>
Number of idle connections loggen will establish to the destination. Note that loggen will not send any messages on idle connections, but the connection is kept open using keep-alive messages. This option is usable only when using TCP or TLS connections to the destination. See also the --active-connections option. Default value: 0
--inet or -i
Use the TCP (by default) or UDP (when used together with the --dgram option) protocol to send the messages to the target.
--interval <seconds> or -I <seconds>
The number of seconds loggen will run. Default value: 10

Note that when the --interval and --number are used together, loggen will send messages until the period set in --interval expires or the amount of messages set in --number is reached, whichever happens first.
--permanent or -T
Send logs without time limit.
--ipv6 or -6
Specify the destination using its IPv6 address. Note that the destination must have a real IPv6 address.
--loop-reading or -l
Read the file specified in --read-file option in loop: loggen will start reading from the beginning of the file when it reaches the end of the file.
--number <number-of-messages> or -n <number-of-messages>
Number of messages to generate.

Note that when the --interval and --number are used together, loggen will send messages until the period set in --interval expires or the amount of messages set in --number is reached, whichever happens first.
--no-framing or -F
Do not use the framing of the IETF-syslog protocol style, even if the syslog-proto option is set.
--quiet or -Q
Output statistics only when the execution of loggen is finished. If not set, the statistics are displayed every second.
--rate <message/second> or -r <message/second>
The number of messages generated per second for every active connection. Default value: 1000
--read-file <filename> or -R <filename>
Read the messages from a file and send them to the target. See also the --skip-tokens option.

Specify - as the input file to read messages from the standard input (stdio). Note that when reading messages from the standard input, loggen can only use a single thread. The -R - parameters must be placed at end of command, like: loggen 127.0.0.1 1061 --read-file -

Send the given sdata (e.g. "[test name=\"value\"]) in case of syslog-proto
.PP --sdata <data-to-send> or -p <data-to-send>

Send the argument of the --sdata option as the SDATA part of IETF-syslog (RFC5424 formatted) messages. Use it together with the --syslog-proto option. For example: --sdata "[test name=\"value\"]

--size <message-size> or -s <message-size>
The size of a syslog message in bytes. Default value: 256. Minimum value: 127 bytes, maximum value: 8192 bytes.
--skip-tokens <number>
Skip the specified number of space-separated tokens (words) at the beginning of every line. For example, if the messages in the file look like foo bar message, --skip-tokens 2 skips the foo bar part of the line, and sends only the message part. Works only when used together with the --read-file parameter. Default value: 3
--stream or -S
Use a stream socket (TCP or unix-stream) to send the messages to the target.
--syslog-proto or -P
Use the new IETF-syslog message format as specified in RFC5424. By default, loggen uses the legacy BSD-syslog message format (as described in RFC3164). See also the --no-framing option.
--unix </path/to/socket> or -x </path/to/socket>
Use a UNIX domain socket to send the messages to the target.
--use-ssl or -U
Use an SSL-encrypted channel to send the messages to the target. Note that it is not possible to check the certificate of the target, or to perform mutual authentication.
--version or -V
Display version number of syslog-ng.

Examples

The following command generates 100 messages per second for ten minutes, and sends them to port 2010 of the localhost via TCP. Each message is 300 bytes long. loggen --size 300 --rate 100 --interval 600 127.0.0.1 2010.PP The following command is similar to the one above, but uses the UDP protocol. loggen --inet --dgram --size 300 --rate 100 --interval 600 127.0.0.1 2010.PP Send a single message on TCP6 to the ::1 IPv6 address, port 1061: loggen --ipv6 --number 1 ::1 1061.PP Send a single message on UDP6 to the ::1 IPv6 address, port 1061: loggen --ipv6 --dgram --number 1 ::1 1061.PP Send a single message using a unix domain-socket: loggen --unix --stream --number 1 </path/to/socket>.PP Read messages from the standard input (stdio) and send them to the localhost: loggen 127.0.0.1 1061 --read-file -.SH "FILES"

/usr/local/bin/loggen

See Also

syslog-ng.conf(5)

The syslog-ng Administrator Guide[2]

If you experience any problems or need help with loggen or syslog-ng, visit the syslog-ng mailing list[3]

The syslog-ng OSE 3.3 Administrator Guide[2]

If you experience any problems or need help with syslog-ng, visit visit the syslog-ng wiki[4] or the syslog-ng mailing list[3].

For news and notifications about of syslog-ng, visit the syslog-ng Insider Blog[5].

Author

This manual page was written by the BalaBit Documentation Team <documentation@balabit.com>.

Notes

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the official syslog-ng website

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The syslog-ng Administrator Guide

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syslog-ng mailing list

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visit the syslog-ng wiki

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syslog-ng Insider Blog

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