tlog-rec.conf man page

tlog-rec.conf ā€” tlog-rec configuration file


tlog-rec.conf is a JSON-format configuration file for tlog-rec program. Contrary to the strict JSON specification, both C and C++ style comments are allowed in the file.

The file must contain a single JSON object with the objects and fields described below. Almost all of them are optional and assume a default value. However, those that do require a value can still be omitted and specified to tlog-rec in other ways: through environment variables or command line.

Objects and Fields

Root object

shell (string)

The path to the shell executable that should be spawned.

Default: "/bin/bash"

notice (string)

A message which will be printed before starting recording and the user shell. Can be used to warn the user that the session is recorded.

Default: "\nATTENTION! Your session is being recorded!\n\n"

latency (integer)

The data which does not exceed maximum payload stays in memory and is not logged until this number of seconds elapses.

Minimum: 1
Default: 10

payload (integer)

Maximum encoded data (payload) size per message, bytes. As soon as payload exceeds this number of bytes, it is formatted into a message and logged.

Minimum: 32
Default: 2048

log (object)

Logged data set object, see below.

writer (string)

The type of "log writer" to use for logging. The writer needs to be configured using its dedicated parameters.

One of: "syslog", "file"
Default: "syslog"

file (object)

File writer object, see below.

syslog (object)

Syslog writer object, see below.

log - Logged data set object

input (boolean)

If specified as true, user input is logged.

Default: false

output (boolean)

If specified as true, terminal output is logged.

Default: true

window (boolean)

If specified as true, terminal window size changes are logged.

Default: true

file - File writer object

path (string)

The "file" writer log file path.

No default.

syslog - Syslog writer object

facility (string)

Syslog facility the "syslog" writer should use for the messages.

One of: "auth", "authpriv", "cron", "daemon", "ftp", "kern", "local0", "local1", "local2", "local3", "local4", "local5", "local6", "local7", "lpr", "mail", "news", "syslog", "user", "uucp"
Default: "authpriv"

priority (string)

Syslog priority the "syslog" writer should use for the messages.

One of: "emerg", "alert", "crit", "err", "warning", "notice", "info", "debug"
Default: "info"


A config specifying only a shell:
    "shell": "/usr/bin/zsh"
A config enabling logging user input:
    "log": {
        "input": true
A config specifying logging to a file:
    "writer": "file"
    "file" : {
        "path": "/var/log/tlog-rec.log"

See Also



Nikolai Kondrashov <>

Referenced By


February 2016 Tlog