okay, good news, bad news. there is no difference in the config file, but i think i know what is going wrong. since my home office is currently wireless to the pfsense, i can't see the console when this happens, so i tried an experiment: i created a virtualbox VM and installed a 1.2.3RC3 on it, and then set it to syslog to the same linux box. see messages. reboot the VM. no messages. look at the virtualbox console while this is happening. we are starting syslog too early, before even the LAN has been configured, as i then see a message from syslog (not in the console, but in the pfsense syslog) that says "network unreachable". it seems as if once this has happened, syslog is borked, and needs to be bounced. should i open a ticket?