Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 149678
Fills the logs with entries
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:00 EST
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Description of problem:
The default configuration of mrtg uses cron to run. Each time that
mrtg runs it makes an entry in /var/log/messages. Since mrtg runs 288
times (24 hours * 12 times per hour) every day this adds up quickly
and can make analyzing the log file more difficult. This can be
solved by adding
to /etc/mrtg/mrtg.cfg as well as making a startup file in /etc/init.d/
I believe this would make a better default configuration.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Created attachment 111417 [details]
startup script for /etc/init.d/
The default configuration is that mrtg does nothing at all;
running an additional daemon that does nothing is somewhat a waste.
Another issue is that it would be quite hard to automatically
migrate from the cron setup (including users editing
/etc/cron.d/mrtg, changing the rule or even the command) to
the init.d setup.
Finally, the 288 entries in /var/log/cron a day are easy to
filter out using grep.
Taken together, I don't think this change is worth it... sorry.