How to disable rsyslog rate-limiting


Redhat/CentOS 6 and other distributions use rsyslog instead of syslog. In rsyslog v.5, rate-limiting of the log messages is enabled. This causes problems for Aspera because we need all the logging information in analyzing performance and problems. Here is how you disable rate-limiting with rsyslog:


1) Locate and open the following file in a text editor:

  • /etc/rsyslog.conf

Add the following lines under the Global Directives section:

Disable rate-limiting of log entries
$SystemLogRateLimitInterval 0
$SystemLogRateLimitBurst 0


2) Then restart rsyslogd 

service rsyslog restart (/etc/init.d/rsyslog restart)


Make sure you are logging asynchronously, as described in this Knowledge Base article.

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    Geoff Ethridge




    We are on RHEL 6 is the above syntax correct? see errors below:

    Apr 14 16:46:52 fpx3 kernel: Kernel logging (proc) stopped.

    Apr 14 16:46:52 fpx3 rsyslogd: [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="5.8.10" x-pid="21820" x-info=""] exiting on signal 15.

    Apr 14 16:46:53 fpx3 kernel: imklog 5.8.10, log source = /proc/kmsg started.

    Apr 14 16:46:53 fpx3 rsyslogd: [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="5.8.10" x-pid="32238" x-info=""] start

    Apr 14 16:46:53 fpx3 rsyslogd-3003: invalid or yet-unknown config file command - have you forgotten to load a module? [try ]

    Apr 14 16:46:53 fpx3 rsyslogd: the last error occured in /etc/rsyslog.conf, line 8:"$SystemLogRateLimitInterval 0"

    Apr 14 16:46:53 fpx3 rsyslogd-3003: invalid or yet-unknown config file command - have you forgotten to load a module? [try ]

    Apr 14 16:46:53 fpx3 rsyslogd: the last error occured in /etc/rsyslog.conf, line 9:"$SystemLogRateLimitBurst 0"

    Apr 14 16:46:53 fpx3 rsyslogd-2124: CONFIG ERROR: could not interpret master config file '/etc/rsyslog.conf'. [try ]

    Apr 14 16:47:01 fpx3 asperacentral[29321]: LOG eb/pe/he/fc=1000/0/20/0 rs/rf=22/1434 ql/qt=20/783


    [root@fpx3 ~]# cat /etc/rsyslog.conf

    rsyslog v5 configuration file

    For more information see /usr/share/doc/rsyslog-*/rsyslog_conf.html

    If you experience problems, see

    Disable rate-limiting of log entries

    $SystemLogRateLimitInterval 0

    $SystemLogRateLimitBurst 0


    $ModLoad imuxsock # provides support for local system logging (e.g. via logger command)

    $ModLoad imklog # provides kernel logging support (previously done by rklogd)

    #$ModLoad immark # provides --MARK-- message capability

    Provides UDP syslog reception

    #$ModLoad imudp

    #$UDPServerRun 514

    Provides TCP syslog reception

    #$ModLoad imtcp

    #$InputTCPServerRun 514


    Use default timestamp format

    $ActionFileDefaultTemplate RSYSLOG_TraditionalFileFormat

    File syncing capability is disabled by default. This feature is usually not required,

    not useful and an extreme performance hit

    #$ActionFileEnableSync on

    Include all config files in /etc/rsyslog.d/

    $IncludeConfig /etc/rsyslog.d/*.conf


    Log all kernel messages to the console.

    Logging much else clutters up the screen.

    #kern.* /dev/console

    Log anything (except mail) of level info or higher.

    Don't log private authentication messages!

    *.info;mail.none;authpriv.none;cron.none /var/log/messages

    The authpriv file has restricted access.

    authpriv.* /var/log/secure

    Log all the mail messages in one place.

    mail.* -/var/log/maillog

    Log cron stuff

    cron.* /var/log/cron

    Everybody gets emergency messages

    *.emerg *

    Save news errors of level crit and higher in a special file.

    uucp,news.crit /var/log/spooler

    Save boot messages also to boot.log

    local7.* /var/log/boot.log

    local2.* /var/log/aspera.log

    ### begin forwarding rule ###

    The statement between the begin ... end define a SINGLE forwarding

    rule. They belong together, do NOT split them. If you create multiple

    forwarding rules, duplicate the whole block!

    Remote Logging (we use TCP for reliable delivery)

    An on-disk queue is created for this action. If the remote host is

    down, messages are spooled to disk and sent when it is up again.

    #$WorkDirectory /var/lib/rsyslog # where to place spool files

    #$ActionQueueFileName fwdRule1 # unique name prefix for spool files

    #$ActionQueueMaxDiskSpace 1g # 1gb space limit (use as much as possible)

    #$ActionQueueSaveOnShutdown on # save messages to disk on shutdown

    #$ActionQueueType LinkedList # run asynchronously

    #$ActionResumeRetryCount -1 # infinite retries if host is down

    remote host is: name/ip:port, e.g., port optional

    #*.* @@remote-host:514

    ### end of the forwarding rule ###

    [root@fpx3 ~]#

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    Geoff Ethridge

    This may have worked:


    Now we need to search the right spot for the entries. Find the following:


    This entry will load the imuxsock module.

    Now insert two new lines under the ModLoad command and fill them as follows:

    $SystemLogRateLimitInterval 0
    $SystemLogRateLimitBurst 0

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