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Install and configure Papertrail's remote_syslog2


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Version information

  • 1.1.2 (latest)
  • 1.1.1
  • 1.1.0
  • 1.0.0
released Aug 23rd 2017
This version is compatible with:
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  • r10k or Code Manager
  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'papertrail-papertrail', '1.1.2'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add papertrail-papertrail
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install papertrail-papertrail --version 1.1.2

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papertrail/papertrail — version 1.1.2 Aug 23rd 2017


Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Setup - The basics of getting started with papertrail
  3. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  4. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  5. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


This module configures the Papertrail remote_syslog2 agent. To configure rsyslog for use with Papertrail, check out the Papertrail documentation.


What papertrail affects

This module installs and manages the Papertrail remote_syslog2 agent via the Github releases.

Beginning with papertrail

Set the parameters $papertrail::destination_host, $papertrail::destination_port, and at least one file/directory in $papertrail::files.

class {'papertrail':
  destination_host => '',
  destination_port => XXXXX,
  files            => ['/tmp/test.log', '/srv/foo.txt', '/var/log/*.bar']


This module only has one manifest, which does all setup and configuration. There are a number of parameters you can configure, all of which mirror the configuration items found in the remote_syslog2 README.

  • $papertrail::files

    Type: Array

    A list of files or patterns to send to Papertrail. At least one entry is required.


      class {'papertrail':
        files => [

    To tag a file/path, the structure is slightly different:

      class {'papertrail':
        files => [
          {'path' => '/srv/foo.txt', 'tag' => 'my_tag'}
  • $papertrail::exclude_files

    Type: Array

    A list of files or patterns to exclude.


      class {'papertrail':
        exclude_files => [
  • $papertrail::exclude_patterns

    Type: Array

    A regex of log message patterns to exclude.


      class {'papertrail':
        exclude_patterns => ['\d+ things']
  • $papertrail::hostname

    Type: String

    Override the default hostname.


      class {'papertrail':
        hostname => 'my-super-awesome-hostname'
  • $papertrail::destination_host, $papertrail::destination_port, & $papertrail::destination_protocol

    Type: String (except $destination_port, which is Integer)

    The Papertrail host and port to send logs to, and the protocol to use. These are required. Destination and port default to empty, while Protocol defaults to tls.


      class {'papertrail':
        destination_host     => '',
        destination_port     => XXXXX,
        destination_protocol => 'tls'
  • $papertrail::new_file_check_interval

    Type: Integer

    Overrides the default file check interval.


      class {'papertrail':
        new_file_check_interval => 30
  • $papertrail::severity

    Type: String

    Overrides the default remote_syslog2 severity level.


      class {'papertrail':
        severity => 'warn'
  • $papertrail::facility

    Type: String

    Overrides the default remote_syslog2 facility.


      class {'papertrail':
        facility => 'local7'
  • $papertrail::version

    Type: String

    Use a different version of remote_syslog than the default.


      class {'papertrail':
        version => '0.18'


Supported Platforms

  • RHEL 6 / CentOS 6
  • RHEL 7 / CentOS 7
  • Amazon Linux 2017.03
  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Debian 9

Supported Puppet Versions

This module has been tested on Puppet 4.x and 5.x.



Integration tests utilize kitchen-puppet and serverspec. To run the test suite:

  1. Run bundle install
  2. Run kitchen test

Style and syntax tests can be run with:

  • puppet-lint manifests/*
  • puppet parser validate manifests/*

No unit tests have been written at this time.

All contributions must pass the tests above.

spec/fixtures/manifests/site.pp contains the configuration for testing.

Testing Amazon Linux

Testing Amazon Linux through test-kitchen requires a bit more setup:

  1. Ensure kitchen-ec2 is installed: gem install kitchen-ec2
  2. Update .kitchen.yml to have the correct AWS key ID you're going to use
  3. Set security_group_ids in the driver section to include a security group accessible from your laptop. Not setting this will use the default security group.
  4. Set transport.ssh_key to the path of your SSH key. It looks for id_rsa by default.

Release Notes/Contributors/Etc.

License: See LICENSE

Author: Mike Julian (@mjulian)