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MySQL 5.7 Reference Manual  /  ...  /  Error Logging to the System Log Error Logging to the System Log

It is possible to have mysqld write the error log to the system log (the Event Log on Windows, and syslog on Unix and Unix-like systems). To do so, use these system variables:

  • log_syslog: Enable this variable to send the error log to the system log. (On Windows, log_syslog is enabled by default.)

    If log_syslog is enabled, the following system variables can also be used for finer control.

  • log_syslog_facility: The default facility for syslog messages is daemon. Set this variable to specify a different facility.

  • log_syslog_include_pid: Whether to include the server process ID in each line of syslog output.

  • log_syslog_tag: This variable defines a tag to add to the server identifier (mysqld) in syslog messages. If defined, the tag is appended to the identifier with a leading hyphen.


Error logging to the system log may require additional system configuration. Consult the system log documentation for your platform.

On Unix and Unix-like systems, control of output to syslog is also available using mysqld_safe, which can capture server error output and pass it to syslog.


Using mysqld_safe for syslog error logging is deprecated; you should use the server system variables instead.

mysqld_safe has three error-logging options, --syslog, --skip-syslog, and --log-error. The default with no logging options or with --skip-syslog is to use the default log file. To explicitly specify use of an error log file, specify --log-error=file_name to mysqld_safe, which then arranges for mysqld to write messages to a log file. To use syslog, specify the --syslog option. For syslog output, a tag can be specified with --syslog-tag=tag_val; this is appended to the mysqld server identifier with a leading hyphen.