The firestarter package has many hardcoded pathes in it's source code. To monitor the system events it relies per default on the /var/log/messages file. Archlinux standard syslog daemon writes a /var/log/messages.log file. Since there is no option to change these settings per runtime control scripts I added some auto magic to it. As long as you use the default syslog-ng daemon, firestarter uses /var/log/messages.log per default. If you go with sysklogd, firestarter will use /var/log/messages instead, but only if you remove a leftover /var/log/messages.log before you start firetarter! To contribute and make this a bit more smoothly join the discussion here.
firestarter and the syslog services
2005-01-02 - Tobias Kieslich