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3.7.5. Upgrading from syslog-ng OSE to syslog-ng PE

If you wish to upgrade your existing syslog-ng OSE installation to syslog-ng PE, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind. This section highlights the main differences between syslog-ng OSE and syslog-ng PE that are useful to know before performing an upgrade. It also provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to do the upgrade.

Feature differences: 

syslog-ng OSE includes certain features that are highly experimental, require special external dependencies, or are important only to a very limited set of users. While syslog-ng PE is built from the same code base, it includes only a subset of syslog-ng OSE features. Those that are well tested and represent commercial value. These features are commercially supported as they are covered by automated end-to-end tests, which make sure that they not only compile but work correctly on many different platforms.

This means that your syslog-ng OSE installation may contain features that are not part of syslog-ng PE, or if they are, they may not have been tested.


The packaging of syslog-ng OSE and syslog-ng PE also differ greatly.

With syslog-ng OSE, distribution packages do not bundle dependencies and only include features for which dependencies are available within the distribution. Packaging is modular to make sure that you install only a minimal set of extra dependencies. In addition, the naming and content of subpackages varies between distributions, and there are also unofficial syslog-ng OSE packages enabling more features than available in official distribution packages.

In the case of syslog-ng PE, all dependencies are included in a single package either in a distribution specific format (rpm or deb) or in a generic .run installer.