[arch-general] [aur-general]pipe log msg on conky window

Kazó Csaba kazocsaba at gmail.com
Fri Jun 22 05:38:34 EDT 2012

2012/6/21 Arno Gaboury <arnaud.gaboury at gmail.com>:
> Dear all,
> as I was configuring a conky window on my desktop, I decided to add some
> precisions and tips for configuring the *.conkyrc* file in the Arch WIKI.
> Reading any /var/log file needs to be root, thus making difficult to run any
> home config file with read access to log files. My turnaround is to
> *$chown root:log /var/log* then *$usermod -aG log username*.
> Security wise, I do not know if this can bring serious potential breach in
> the system. If yes, please tell me as I will NOT let this turnaround in the
> What would be a safer solution to read the log files in my conky window?
> Regards.
> **


The default syslog-ng configuration is set up so that users in the
group 'log' can read the files:

# /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf
options {

If you're using something else, then you could try to configure it to
do the same.

I think that security-wise using a group for this is the perfect
approach because you can control who exactly can access the logs.


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