Bug 168688 - Empty /var/log/secure leads to epylog warning
Summary: Empty /var/log/secure leads to epylog warning
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: epylog
Version: 8
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Konstantin Ryabitsev
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-09-19 15:34 UTC by Jerry James
Modified: 2009-01-09 06:54 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 06:54:20 UTC
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Description Jerry James 2005-09-19 15:34:53 UTC
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.10) Gecko/20050909 Fedora/1.0.6-1.2.fc4 Firefox/1.0.6

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):

How reproducible:

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.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Konstantin Ryabitsev 2005-09-19 16:14:39 UTC
Hm... Is it really empty? As in, 0-length?

Comment 2 Jerry James 2005-09-30 21:32:30 UTC
That's right, 0 bytes long.  If there is anything in it at all, epylog doesn't
issue the error message.

Comment 3 Christian Iseli 2007-01-17 23:24:28 UTC
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 :-)

Comment 4 Jerry James 2007-01-25 16:30:23 UTC
This bug is still present in epylog-1.0.3-4.fc6.

Comment 5 Jerry James 2007-03-29 16:59:18 UTC
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.

Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 02:02:07 UTC
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Comment 7 Jerry James 2008-04-04 03:13:50 UTC
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.

Comment 8 Bug Zapper 2008-11-26 06:52:38 UTC
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Comment 9 Bug Zapper 2009-01-09 06:54:20 UTC
Fedora 8 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-01-07. Fedora 8 is 
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