Bug 114793 - Gnome does not display emergency messages sent to their default syslog destination leading to possible loss of data
Gnome does not display emergency messages sent to their default syslog destin...
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: gnome-core (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jonathan Blandford
Jay Turner
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Reported: 2004-02-02 18:12 EST by Mike MacCana
Modified: 2015-01-07 19:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2011-02-15 10:17:01 EST
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Description Mike MacCana 2004-02-02 18:12:17 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/3.1; Linux)

Description of problem:
Gnome, by default, doesn't monitor the console. Critical messages sent by syslog to * will not appear on screen. These can include emergency priority warnings notifying users about impending loss of data.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Log into Gnome
2.Have some kind of hardware failure, security incident, or other emergency level problem occur

Actual Results:  The user is given no notification of the problem or warning of the impending problem unless they specifically are aware of this issue and open a console.

Expected Results:  Gnome should monitor the console and pop up messages sent there. 

Additional info:

This also effects other applications, eg, the write / wall commands (which are often used in scripts to warn users of relevant issues).

KDE already gives the expected results.

An example data loss scenerio would be an overheating hard disk. Emergency messages from the kernel are sent to the console. A user logged into a virtual terminal or KDE will be warned of errors reading the device. A user running Gnome will continue working as the hard drive overheats unless they were already aware a problem may occur.
Comment 1 Suzanne Hillman 2004-02-06 14:48:37 EST
Internal RFE bug #115119 has been entered; will be considered for
future releases.
Comment 2 Mike MacCana 2004-12-01 19:11:59 EST
'Not causing loss of data' isn't a feature. 

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