NGINX logging tab delimited format to syslog

I would really like to output my nginx access log to syslog in a tab
delimited format.

I’m using the latest nginx and rsyslogd 7.2.5

I haven’t found an example of doing this, I’m wondering if/how to add
tabs
to the format in the log_format directive

And also if there is anything I need to do to syslogd to pass through
the
tab characters.

Any help appreciated!

Hello CJ,

On 26 Feb 2016, at 00:50, CJ Ess [email protected] wrote:

I would really like to output my nginx access log to syslog in a tab delimited
format.

I’m using the latest nginx and rsyslogd 7.2.5

I haven’t found an example of doing this, I’m wondering if/how to add tabs to
the format in the log_format directive

Just use ‘\t’ instead of ’ ’ in your log_format.
For example:
log_format tabbed
‘$remote_addr\t-\t$remote_user\t[$time_local]\t"$request"’;

And also if there is anything I need to do to syslogd to pass through the tab
characters.

By default, rsyslog convert control characters to their ASCII values
(#011 in case
of Tab). You may prevent this behavior by setting
$EscapeControlCharactersOnReceive
to off.

Any help appreciated!


Ekaterina Kukushkina

Thank you! I’ve got it all set up now, thanks for the pointer to $
EscapeControlCharactersOnReceive

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