SOLVED Re: logging problem: logging to both /var/log/amavisd.log and to /var/log/messages

David Gessel gessel at
Thu Jul 17 10:56:36 CEST 2014


Thank you for the prompt response, you got me where I needed to go.
Here's what I did in case anyone else has similar problems:

I didn't specify that local0 should not be logged to /var/log/messages
and the amavisd messages were getting swept up in *.notice (all
facilities emitting a log with a level "notice" and above get logged to
/var/log/messages by default).

adding local0.none to the /var/log/messages line in /etc/syslog.conf
solved the problem as so:

# tells syslog not log any (level = "none") messages from the local0
facility to /var/log/messages


# all levels from the local0 facility are logged to /var/log/amavisd.log.
local0.*                                        /var/log/amavisd.log

now amavisd logs are only going to /amavisd.log and the default messages
are going to /messages

This was a helpful reference:


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: logging problem: logging to both /var/log/amavisd.log and
to /var/log/messages
From: listsb-amavis at
To: amavis-users at
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 06:19:52 GMT+0300 (Arabic Standard Time)

> On Jul 16, 2014, at 22.36, David Gessel <gessel at> wrote:
>> Amavisd is logging to both the intended /var/log/amavisd.log and to
>> /var/log/messages, where it dominates the logs to a degree that makes
>> catching other issues more difficult.
>> My relevant config is:
>> $log_level = 0;              # verbosity 0..5, -d  SET TO ZERO NORMALLY
>> $log_recip_templ = undef;    # disable by-recipient level-0 log entries
>> $do_syslog = 1;              # log via syslogd (preferred)
>> $syslog_facility = 'local0';   # Syslog facility as a string
>>           # e.g.: mail, daemon, user, local0, ... local7
>> # below is an attempt to keep amavisd from logging to messages
>> # $LOGFILE = "/var/log/amavisd.log”;
> consult your syslog configuration.  see where messages sent to the local0 syslog facility are being written, and adjust that as desired.  you may want to use a different facility if there are logs from other software also being sent to local0.
> -ben

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