Logging from cron

Tim Conway conway at us.ibm.com
Tue Mar 23 17:59:53 GMT 2004

"$rsynccommandline >$logfile 2>&1" is one way - use however many "v"s you 
If you want to accumulate the output of several invocations, 
"$rsynccommandline >>$logfile 2>&1"
If you really want it in syslog
"$rsynccommandline 2>&1 |logger $facility.$severity", and make sure you 
have syslog configured to put that where you want it.

Tim Conway
Unix System Administration
Contractor - IBM Global Services
conway at us.ibm.com

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Logging from cron


I've just spent several hours going over several Google searches trying to 
find a way to configure rsync to log into a file named 
"/var/log/rsync.log".  So far, every instance where I've found someone 
asking about rsync logging remained unanswered (which is kind of weird in 

As far as I can tell, the only way to do this is to setup rsync as a 
daemon process so that it will read an rsync.confg.  The problem is that I 
don't want to run rsync as a daemon process, and am not interested in 
working from a rsync.confg file if I can avoid it.  My rsync command lines 
are being generated on the fly by a perl program running via cron, and 
then shelling the command to the OS (linux) and handshaking via SSH.  This 
is working fine, but I need a log to determine what is causing rsync to 
shutdown before completing the full mirror of the server.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get a log generated from 
rsync running from the command line?

Many Thanks in Advance,

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