Bug 18122 - Messages syslog'd to /var/log/messages
Messages syslog'd to /var/log/messages
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: vixie-cron (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Crutcher Dunnavant
: 19889 30372 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2000-10-02 14:58 EDT by Peter Janes
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-04-10 18:03:28 EDT
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Description Peter Janes 2000-10-02 14:58:44 EDT
The default syslog.conf for RedHat 7.0 logs crond messages to
/var/log/cron, as specified in

# Log cron stuff
cron.*                                                  /var/log/cron

and duplicates them in /var/log/messages, apparently by

# Log anything (except mail) of level info or higher.
# Don't log private authentication messages!
*.info;mail.none;authpriv.none                          /var/log/messages

Adding cron.none and restarting syslog successfully stops the logging to

6.2 seems to create its own /var/log/cron, without the syslog prefix:

root (09/24-04:22:00-11298) CMD (run-parts /etc/cron.weekly)

whereas 7.0 logs identical messages via syslog to both /var/log/cron and

Oct  1 04:22:00 peterj CROND[19967]: (root) CMD (run-parts /etc/cron.weekly)

The vixie-cron package seems to be the same (3.0.1), just a different
build.  Have the build options changed to cause this duplication?
Comment 1 yacko 2000-10-09 22:43:17 EDT
Also observed this behavior and corrected it in the same way.
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2000-10-27 18:51:16 EDT
*** Bug 19889 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 kenneth_porter 2000-11-10 13:01:28 EST
Additionally, logrotate fails because /etc/logrotate.d/syslog from
sysklogd-1.3.33-8 contains a cron entry that conflicts with the entry
in /etc/logrotate.d/cron provided by vixie-cron-3.0.1-39. Message is
"error: sylog:31 duplicate log entry for /var/log/cron". Fix is to
remove cron entry in /etc/logrotate.d/syslog.
Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 2000-11-13 15:27:40 EST
Fixed in sysklogd-1.3.33-9.

(The last problem mentioned can be fixed by upgrading to the Red Hat Linux 7
vixie-cron package.)
Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 2001-03-02 16:06:12 EST
*** Bug 30372 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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