Textual Conventions for Syslog Management
RFC 5427

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Network Working Group                                           G. Keeni
Request for Comments: 5427                          Cyber Solutions Inc.
Category: Standards Track                                     March 2009

               Textual Conventions for Syslog Management

Status of This Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

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Abstract

   This MIB module defines textual conventions to represent Facility and
   Severity information commonly used in syslog messages.  The intent is
   that these textual conventions will be imported and used in MIB
   modules that would otherwise define their own representations.

Keeni                       Standards Track                     [Page 1]
RFC 5427                     Syslog MIB-TC                    March 2009

Table of Contents

   1. The Internet-Standard Management Framework ......................2
   2. Background ......................................................2
   3. The Syslog Textual Conventions MIB ..............................3
   4. Security Considerations .........................................7
   5. IANA Considerations .............................................7
   6. References ......................................................8
      6.1. Normative References .......................................8
      6.2. Informative References .....................................8
   7. Acknowledgments .................................................8

1.  The Internet-Standard Management Framework

   For a detailed overview of the documents that describe the current
   Internet-Standard Management Framework, please refer to section 7 of
   RFC 3410 [RFC3410].

   Managed objects are accessed via a virtual information store, termed
   the Management Information Base or MIB.  MIB objects are generally
   accessed through the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
   Objects in the MIB are defined using the mechanisms defined in the
   Structure of Management Information (SMI).  This memo specifies a MIB
   module that is compliant to the SMIv2, which is described in STD 58,
   RFC 2578 [RFC2578], STD 58, RFC 2579 [RFC2579] and STD 58, RFC 2580
   [RFC2580].

2.  Background

   Operating systems, processes, and applications, collectively termed
   "Facilities" in the following, generate messages indicating their own
   status or the occurrence of events.  These messages have come to be
   known as syslog messages.  A syslog message in general will contain
   among other things a code representing the Facility that generated
   the message and a code representing the Severity of the message.  The
   Facility and the Severity codes are commonly used to categorize and
   select received syslog messages for processing and display.  The
   Facility codes have been useful in qualifying the originator of the
   content of the messages but in some cases they are not specific
   enough to explicitly identify the originator.  Implementations of the
   syslog protocol [RFC5424] that contain structured data elements
   (SDEs) should use these SDEs to clarify the entity that originated
   the content of the message.

   This document defines a set of textual conventions (TCs) that can be
   used to represent Facility and Severity codes commonly used in syslog
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