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Syslog-Ng will not start when I use macros in the destination drivers

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I wanted to collect syslog messages on one machine using syslog-ng.  The server box is a SuSE linux 10.1 machine and syslog-ng 1.6.8-20.18.  Documentation states that I can use a macro ($HOST) when naming the files that I same the messages to.  When I put the macro into the destination line, syslog-ng will not start.  Without the macro it starts correctly.  The first code snippet included does not work, while the second code snippet does.  I do not have both snippets in the syslog-ng.conf file at the same time.  Any insight into this would be helpful.

On a side note, I tried to have the files save to a different place than /var/log and the files would not even be created, but when directed to save in /var/log there was no problem.  Insight into this would also be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
destination allmessages { file("/var/log/syslog/$HOST/allmessages"); };

log { source(src); destination(allmessages); };
 
 

destination allmessages { file("/var/log/syslog/allmessages"); };

log { source(src); destination(allmessages); };

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Make sure you have 'create_dirs (yes);' in your options block.
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That's all it took!  Thank you very much!  I don't know if this works for the going to a different directory other than /var/log, but I mounted the drive under /var/log/syslog and that part is solved for me.  Thanks again!
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