Freeradius Accounting and Syslog server

R3DNano r3dnano at
Mon Feb 11 20:19:54 CET 2019

For what is worth. I know this message is a bit "old" but, since I've been
experimenting myself with linelog and sending info to a remote syslog, I
found this wiki page quite helpful:

It's a pretty good example to let you understand how to configure a
(somewhat basic but functional) logging system.


On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 2:54 AM Alan DeKok <aland at>

> On Jan 24, 2019, at 7:04 PM, harshiva matcha <mharshiva at> wrote:
> > I am using Freeradius for Accounting and I was successful in configuring
> > it. However, to process the logs and displaying them for further use, I
> > would like to send them to syslog server.
> >
> > For me, it is easier to send to syslog if the logs are printed on STDOUT.
> > Is there a way to print the Accounting logs on STDOUT or different way to
> > send to syslog server?
>   The detail file is *packet* oriented, not line oriented.  i.e. it has
> multiple lines for one packet.
>   Syslog is *line* oriented.  Each line is treated independently of every
> other line.
>   So no, you can't really put detail files into syslog.  And even if you
> could, they wouldn't make any sense.
> > I have tried editing /etc/freeradius/modules/detail file to add follows-
> >
> > *detailfile = stdout*
> >
> > But this does not seem to be working. Please let me know, thank you
>   It doesn't work because nothing in the documentation leads you to
> believe it's possible.  So, it's not possible.
>   If you want custom logs, see the "linelog" module.  That can create
> custom lines, and can log to syslog.
>   Alan DeKok.
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