Nginx not logging to socket

Danomi Czaski djczaski at
Wed Jun 24 12:31:31 UTC 2015

On Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 7:03 AM, Vladimir Homutov <vl at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 06:12:49AM -0400, Danomi Czaski wrote:
>> Hello,
>> On Sun, Jun 21, 2015 at 8:19 AM, Andrew Holway
>> <andrew.holway at> wrote:
>> > Hallo!
>> >
>> > Using rsyslog I have set up a logging socket and confirmed that its working
>> > by piping in some stuff to "logger -u /dev/log"
>> > nginx/1.8.0 does not seem to be dumping in logs however. The nginx config is
>> > below..
>> Any luck? I'm seeing the same problem on 1.7.12.
> do you see some errors in the local error log? If nginx is unable to
> send data to socket for some reasons (check socket permissions, selinux
> and similar), you will see errors in the local log file.

My config looks like:

    error_log  syslog:server=unix:/dev/log;

The only error I see is that nginx can't open /var/log/nginx/error.log.

    $ nginx -t
    nginx: [alert] could not open error log file: open()
"/var/log/nginx/error.log" failed (2: Unknown error)
    nginx: the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
    nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test failed

Of course /var/log/nginx isn't there because I'm trying to use syslog.
If I create /var/log/nginx, nginx starts and I'll see debugging logs
there but nothing related to syslog problems.

The permissions on /dev/log look fine:

    $ ls -l /dev/log
    srw-rw-rw-    1 root     root             0 Jun 24 12:41 /dev/log=

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