12.3.1. Options of key=value parsers

The kv-parser has the following options.


Synopsis: extract-stray-words-into("<name-value-pair>")

Description: Specifies the name-value pair where syslog-ng OSE stores any stray words that appear before or between the parsed key-value pairs (mainly when the pair-separator() option is also set). If multiple stray words appear in a message, then syslog-ng OSE stores them as a comma-separated list. Note that the prefix() option does not affect the name-value pair storing the stray words. Default value: N/A

Example 12.7. Extracting stray words in key-value pairs

For example, consider the following message:

VSYS=public; Slot=5/1; protocol=17; source-ip=; source-port=50989; destination-ip=; destination-port=162;time=2016/02/18 16:00:07; interzone-emtn_s1_vpn-enodeb_om; inbound; policy=370;

This is a list of key-value pairs, where the value separator is = and the pair separator is ;. However, before the last key-value pair (policy=370), there are two stray words: interzone-emtn_s1_vpn-enodeb_om inbound. If you want to store or process these, specify a name-value pair to store them in the extract-stray-words-into() option, for example, extract-stray-words-into("my-stray-words"). The value of ${my-stray-words} for this message will be interzone-emtn_s1_vpn-enodeb_om, inbound


Synopsis: prefix()

Description: Insert a prefix before the name part of the parsed name-value pairs to help further processing. For example:

  • To insert the my-parsed-data. prefix, use the prefix(my-parsed-data.) option.

  • To refer to a particular data that has a prefix, use the prefix in the name of the macro, for example, ${my-parsed-data.name}.

  • If you forward the parsed messages using the IETF-syslog protocol, you can insert all the parsed data into the SDATA part of the message using the prefix(.SDATA.my-parsed-data.) option.

Names starting with a dot (for example, .example) are reserved for use by syslog-ng OSE. If you use such a macro name as the name of a parsed value, it will attempt to replace the original value of the macro (note that only soft macros can be overwritten, see Section 11.1.4, Hard vs. soft macros for details). To avoid such problems, use a prefix when naming the parsed values, for example, prefix(my-parsed-data.)

For example, to insert the postfix prefix when parsing Postfix log messages, use the prefix(.postfix.) option.


Synopsis: pair-separator("<separator-string>")

Description: Specifies the character or string that separates the key-value pairs from each other. Default value: , (a comma followed by a whitespace)

For example, to parse key1=value1;key2=value2 pairs, use kv-parser(pair-separator(";"));


Synopsis: template("${<macroname>}")

Description: The macro that contains the part of the message that the parser will process. It can also be a macro created by a previous parser of the log path. By default, the parser processes the entire message (${MESSAGE}).


Synopsis: value-separator("<separator-character>")

Description: Specifies the character that separates the keys from the values. Default value: =

For example, to parse key:value pairs, use kv-parser(value-separator(":"));