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syslog-ng Premium Edition 7.0.14 - Release Notes

Release Notes

syslog-ng Premium Edition 7.0.14

Release Notes

August 2019

These release notes provide information about the syslog-ng Premium Edition release.

About this release

Welcome to syslog-ng Premium Edition (syslog-ng PE) version 7 and thank you for choosing our product. This document describes the new features and most important changes since the latest release of syslog-ng PE. The main aim of this paper is to aid system administrators in planning the migration to the new version of syslog-ng PE. The following sections describe the news and highlights of syslog-ng PE 7.

Starting with version 7, syslog-ng Premium Edition is released as a rolling release. For details, see the Version policy.

Supported platforms

The syslog-ng Premium Edition application is officially supported on the following platforms. Note that the following table is for general reference only, and is not always accurate about the supported platforms and options available for specific platforms. The latest version of this table is available at https://syslog-ng.com/log-management-software/supported-platforms. Unless explicitly noted otherwise, the subsequent releases of the platform (for example, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and its update releases like 7.2) are also supported.

Table 1: Platforms supported by syslog-ng Premium Edition

x86 x86_64 SPARC SPARC64 PowerPC IA64
CentOS 6 - - - - -
CentOS 7 - - - - -
Debian 8 (jessie) - - - - -
Oracle Linux 6 - - - - -
Oracle Linux 7 - - - - -
Red Hat EL 6 - - - - -
Red Hat EL 7 - - - - -
SLES 12 - - - - -
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) - - - - -
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) - - - - -

Caution:

Certain sources and destinations are not supported on every platform (particularly, the sql() destination, and the hdfs() destination). For details, see the description of the specific source and destination.

Caution:

If you are planning to use Python in syslog-ng PE (for example Python parser or Python template function) on RHEL 6 platform, then you have to manually install Python 2.7. If the Python version on the machine is not 2.7, you will receive a similar error message during startup:

[2017-07-27T13:42:03.606679] Reading shared object for a candidate module: path='/opt/syslog-ng/lib/syslog-ng', fname='mod-python.so', module='mod-python' [2017-07-27T13:42:03.606994] Error opening plugin module: module='mod-python', error='libpython2.7.so.1.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory'

For details about the syslog-ng Agent for Windows application, see the syslog-ng Agent for Windows documentation. For an agent-less solution, see the list of supported platforms.

For using syslog-ng PE on other platforms (for example, AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, Solaris, Microsoft Windows), see the list of supported platforms in the syslog-ng PE version 6 Administration Guide.

New features in syslog-ng PE 7.0.14

Google Stackdriver destination

The stackdriver destination of syslog-ng PE can send log messages to the Google Stackdriver cloud. Google Stackdriver is a widely used metrics, event, and log aggregator and analyzer system. For details, see "stackdriver: Sending logs to the Google Stackdriver cloud" in the Administration Guide.

Elasticsearch HTTP destination

Version 7.0.14 of syslog-ng PE can directly post log messages to an Elasticsearch deployment using the Elasticsearch Bulk API over the HTTP and Secure HTTP (HTTPS) protocols. For details, see "elasticsearch-http: Sending messages to Elasticsearch HTTP Event Collector" in the Administration Guide.

Windows Server 2019 logs

The Windows Event Collector application now supports Windows Server 2019.

Enhancements
  • The syslog-ng-ctl reload command now has a return value: 0 if the operation was successful, 1 otherwise.

  • Instead of dropping incoming messages that are too long, you can now trim them using the trim-large-messages() option of the syslog() source.

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