syslog from chrooted environment

Mike Tancsa mike at
Tue Jul 25 01:55:54 AEST 2017

I have a somewhat busy sftp server where the users are all chrooted into
their home directory. In order to log all the commands they enter, I
have to create a /dev/log entry and hard link in their home directory so
that syslog works for their commands

Match user *
   ForceCommand internal-sftp -f local1 -l verbose

Everything works, but its a bit of a pain if someone restarts syslogd
and forgets to recreate the hardlinks (needed on FreeBSD anyways).

Are there any alternatives to this method ?  Are there any patches
thoughts for supplementary logging of some sort of sshd that can work
around these logging constraints ?

Mike Tancsa, tel +1 519 651 3400
Sentex Communications, mike at
Providing Internet services since 1994
Cambridge, Ontario Canada

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