what is syslog(3)? is it different from syslog it self?
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the "3" in syslog(3)  is short for the manpage section "3" which deals with subroutines.

The syslog(3) manpage consequenly contains among many other info this statement:

The subroutine syslog() generates a log message, which will be distributed by syslogd(8).

Subroutines are meant to be called by other programs, written e.g. in C or C++.

Issue "man syslog 3" to see the full manpage.

All descriptions of the manpage sections::

             Indicates user commands and daemons.
            Indicates system calls and kernel services.
            Indicates subroutines.
            Indicates special files, device drivers, and hardware.
            Indicates configuration files.
            Indicates games.
            Indicates miscellaneous commands.
            Indicates administrative commands and daemons.



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mikestevenAuthor Commented:

May I know how did you get this information? I tried man syslog nothing came that in the future I would know what each section means
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