Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 168688
Empty /var/log/secure leads to epylog warning
Last modified: 2009-01-09 01:54:20 EST
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Description of problem:
When /var/log/secure is empty, epylog issues the following complaint (including the blank line after the text):
Invalid syslog format string in /var/log/secure:
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Make sure that /var/log/secure is empty just before the cron.daily run.
2. When cron runs epylog, it sends email containing the warning.
Actual Results: Epylog complained about an invalid syslog format string in an empty file.
Expected Results: Epylog should have been happy that the file was empty.
Hm... Is it really empty? As in, 0-length?
That's right, 0 bytes long. If there is anything in it at all, epylog doesn't
issue the error message.
FC3 and FC4 have now been EOL'd.
Please check the ticket against a current Fedora release, and either adjust the
release number, or close it if appropriate.
Your friendly BZ janitor :-)
This bug is still present in epylog-1.0.3-4.fc6.
Given the way offset ranges are used, I suspect that the definition of
OffsetRange.is_inside in log.py should be changed, namely these lines:
elif ix == self.endix and offset > self.end_offset:
logger.put(5, 'ix = self.endix and offset > self.end_offset')
cond = 0
to these lines:
elif ix == self.endix and offset >= self.end_offset:
logger.put(5, 'ix = self.endix and offset >= self.end_offset')
cond = 0
which would fix this bug.
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I can't get epylog-1.0.3-5.fc7 on F-8 to issue the warning message anymore, but
I still think the change in Comment #5 is correct and should be applied.
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