Logging for HAProxy on CentOS 5.x

HAProxy requires syslogd/rsyslogd listening for incoming connections for his logging purposes.

Basic configuration looks like this:

# haproxy.conf

log local5 debug

# syslog.conf

local5.* /var/log/haproxy.log

# /etc/sysconfig/syslog


It is critical that syslog is accessible by network (udp port 514, you can use as ip address). To check if syslog is listening, use:

# netstat -lp | grep syslog

udp 0 0* 24001/syslogd

You can bind syslog only to localhost or provide firewall to avoid exposing the daemon to the network.


4 thoughts on “Logging for HAProxy on CentOS 5.x

  1. Thanks a lot, That’s something i needed.

    Now i can see all log in log file.
    # tail -220f /var/log/haproxy.log

    Nov 12 04:35:13 haproxy[4143]: Stopping frontend httpid in 0 ms.
    Nov 12 04:35:13 haproxy[4143]: Proxy stats stopped (FE: 0 conns, BE: 0 conns).
    Nov 12 04:35:13 haproxy[4143]: web-server stopped (FE: 0 conns, BE: 0 conns).
    Nov 12 04:35:13 haproxy[4143]: Proxy httpid stopped (FE: 0 conns, BE: 0 conns).

    but i want to configure Haproxy for logs in HTTP log format.But i gone through manual , i did following changes in HAproxy configuration.

    # haproxy.cfg
    backend dmb-dmbadminweb-server
    balance roundrobin
    option redispatch
    option httpclose
    option forwardfor
    server server-A : weight 1 maxconn 20000 check inter 4000

    frontend httpid
    bind *:2020
    mode http
    option httplog
    log global
    default_backend web-server

    when I’m hitting web-server via Haproxy , it is only logging only as i shon above.

    I am expecting logs like :

    Feb 6 12:14:14 localhost \
    haproxy[14389]: [06/Feb/2009:12:14:14.655] http-in \
    static/srv1 10/0/30/69/109 200 2750 – – —- 1/1/1/1/0 0/0 {1wt.eu} \
    {} “GET /index.html HTTP/1.1”

    • I’m not sure the default settings will redirect the connections to syslog, try changing “log global” to “log local5 info” (if you set up syslog as in my example) or “log local5 debug”.

      Also, why your backend is named dmb-dmbadminweb-server and referenced as web-server?

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