Access rights for system logs

Kevin Fenzi kevin at
Sun Feb 27 19:30:43 UTC 2011

On Sat, 26 Feb 2011 10:44:05 +0100
Matthias Runge <mrunge at> wrote:

> Hash: SHA1
> On 02/25/11 17:21, Till Maas wrote:


> > I like a special group just for accounts that should be able to
> > read all log files, too, e.g. a group logread.
> > 
> > Regards
> > Till
> > 
> That sounds good to me. Should we include a group "logwriter" or
> "logger" for completeness?
> Who is in charge to change this? ... which way do I/we have to go to
> reach this aim? Is this just contacting rsyslog-maintainer to change
> ownership? I suppose not.

Were you thinking of just /var/log/messages? or all log files? 
Or all syslog written files? or ?

If you are talking all log files, I would suggest making this into a
feature for f16, since it's going to require coordinating a bunch of
changes of packages to have the right group ownership of their log


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