Synchronet v3.19b-Win32 (install) has been released (Jan-2022).

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syslog (UNIX)

Synchronet for *nix-like OSes can send its server and services output to your system's syslog facility (e.g. rsyslogd on Debian Linux). When running sbbs as a daemon, syslog-output is automatically enabled. When running sbbs interactively (not daemonized), syslog output can be enabled by passing the syslog command-line option to sbbs:

$ sbbs syslog


The syslog functionality is configurable via the LogFacility (default: U) and LogIdent (default: synchronet) values of the [UNIX] section of your ctrl/sbbs.ini file.

You can further configure your syslog output (e.g. directories and filenames) through the setup of your system's syslog facility (e.g. via the /etc/rsyslogd.conf file on Debian Linux).


The syslog output of the Synchronet daemon will usually go to a file in your /var/log directory. You can monitor real-time changes to this file with the tail -f command.

$ tail -f /var/log/sbbs.log

If you're using systemd to start and control sbbs, you can use journalctl to monitor the log (with colorized log lines) in real-time:

$ journalctl --follow -u sbbs

Another option for systemd systems is to use systemctl together with watch to monitor both the service status and log output together in real-time:

$ sudo watch systemctl status sbbs

An alternative tool to actively monitor log files is the lnav utility:

$ sudo lnav /var/log/logfile

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