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Journald: just a reinvention of the wheel?

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Two months back, Red Hat developers Lennart Poettering and Kay Sievers proposed a fundamental change to the structure of Linux in the shape of the Journal daemon, meant to replace the venerable syslog.

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Syslog, as the name implies, provides a means of logging activity in a system. It has been around for about 30 years; an improved version known as rsyslog has been created by developer Rainer Gerhards, and is used as the default on Debian systems.

There has been much chatter about the virtues and evils of replacing syslog with Journald; Poettering, it must be remembered, is the man behind systemd, which serves as a replacement for the Sys V init scripts on some GNU/Linux distributions, and also PulseAudio, which, as the name implies, is a replacement for the sound management applications on GNU/Linux systems. His projects generally do invite comment.

Some developers have even started a petition online against Journald.

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