Nothing being logged in /var/log/messages

as of about two days ago a couple of customers have called us and reported that they are not seeing anything being logged in /var/log/messages. they are all on 5.211.65-6 and freepbx
any suggestions? rsyslog is running

What is the contents of: /etc/rsyslog.conf
Also the output of:
ls -al /var/log/messages

rsyslog v5 configuration file

For more information see /usr/share/doc/rsyslog-*/rsyslog_conf.html

If you experience problems, see


$ModLoad imuxsock # provides support for local system logging (e.g. via logger command)
$ModLoad imklog # provides kernel logging support (previously done by rklogd)
#$ModLoad immark # provides --MARK-- message capability

Provides UDP syslog reception

#$ModLoad imudp
#$UDPServerRun 514

Provides TCP syslog reception

#$ModLoad imtcp
#$InputTCPServerRun 514


Use default timestamp format

$ActionFileDefaultTemplate RSYSLOG_TraditionalFileFormat

File syncing capability is disabled by default. This feature is usually not required,

not useful and an extreme performance hit

#$ActionFileEnableSync on

Include all config files in /etc/rsyslog.d/

$IncludeConfig /etc/rsyslog.d/*.conf


Log all kernel messages to the console.

Logging much else clutters up the screen.

#kern.* /dev/console

Log anything (except mail) of level info or higher.

Don’t log private authentication messages!

*.info;mail.none;authpriv.none;cron.none /var/log/messages

The authpriv file has restricted access.

authpriv.* /var/log/secure

Log all the mail messages in one place.

mail.* -/var/log/maillog

Log cron stuff

cron.* /var/log/cron

Everybody gets emergency messages

*.emerg *

Save news errors of level crit and higher in a special file.

uucp,news.crit /var/log/spooler

Save boot messages also to boot.log

local7.* /var/log/boot.log

### begin forwarding rule

The statement between the begin … end define a SINGLE forwarding

rule. They belong together, do NOT split them. If you create multiple

forwarding rules, duplicate the whole block!

Remote Logging (we use TCP for reliable delivery)

An on-disk queue is created for this action. If the remote host is

down, messages are spooled to disk and sent when it is up again.

#$WorkDirectory /var/lib/rsyslog # where to place spool files
#$ActionQueueFileName fwdRule1 # unique name prefix for spool files
#$ActionQueueMaxDiskSpace 1g # 1gb space limit (use as much as possible)
#$ActionQueueSaveOnShutdown on # save messages to disk on shutdown
#$ActionQueueType LinkedList # run asynchronously
#$ActionResumeRetryCount -1 # infinite retries if host is down

remote host is: name/ip:port, e.g., port optional

#. @@remote-host:514

### end of the forwarding rule

Sangoma Media Gateway log

local2.* /var/log/sangoma_mgd.log

Sangoma BRI Daemon (smg_bri) log

local3.* /var/log/sangoma_bri.log

[[email protected] ~]# ls -al /var/log/messages
-rw------- 1 root root 90889 Apr 18 09:07 /var/log/messages