Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1284418
/usr/libexec/bonobo-activation-server misuses syslog entries
Last modified: 2016-12-20 11:11:33 EST
Description of problem:
When /usr/libexec/bonobo-activation-server is being called it writes the following in syslog: 1447331475 2015 Nov 12 13:31:15 bonobo-activation-server user err (keesj-25421)
Which might look good, but in the source code (activation-server/activation-server-main.c) it looks like this:
syslog_ident = g_strdup_printf ("bonobo-activation-server (%s-%u)", g_get_user_name (), (guint) getpid ());
Which creates a space in the program name field, which should only be bonobo-activation-server, but the username and process ID are also added with a space between it. As a result the (keesj-25421) are added to the syslog error message and not the program name.
To recap, there should be never a space in the program name field. When there is a space then the values after the space are added to the syslog message. This is confusing for humans but especially for syslog parsers.
To fix this one should just print "bonobo-activation-server" as the program name and nothing else, if it is important to do it anyway then spaces should be avoided and replaced with underscores.
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