Bug 198697 - mrtg install uses incorrect directory for log files
mrtg install uses incorrect directory for log files
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mrtg (Show other bugs)
noarch Linux
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Assigned To: Miloslav Trmač
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Reported: 2006-07-12 17:27 EDT by Don Russell
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Description Don Russell 2006-07-12 17:27:40 EDT
Description of problem:
After installing mrtg (yum install mrtg) the sample log file causes logs to be
placed in /var/lib instead of /var/log. Of course the sample could be changed by
the user, but the mrtg directory is also created in /var/lib instead of /var/log

Upstream doc suggests using /var/log... 
Ref: http://oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg/doc/mrtg-unix-guide.en.html in the "Running
mrtg" section.

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How reproducible:
Always (I suspect some form of a typo in the rpm packaging/installing script)

Steps to Reproduce:
1. yum install mrtg
2. vim /etc/mrtg/mrtg.cfg
Actual results:
LogDir: /var/lib/mrtg
An mrtg directory is created in /var/lib

Expected results:
LogDir: /var/log/mrtg
An mrtg directory should be created in /var/log

Additional info:
Comment 1 Don Russell 2006-07-12 17:30:05 EDT
Perhaps this could be be addressed when the package is rebuilt for a newer
version of mrtg. (There have been several releases since this one,
2.14.4 is the latest, released 4 July 2006)

Comment 2 Miloslav Trmač 2006-07-15 21:52:41 EDT
The "running mrtg" section talks about --logging, a place for warning and error

LogDir on the other hand is the place for the mrtg _data_ files (not event logs
for system administration that can be removed or truncated without affecting
system operation, like the other files in /var/log).  Such data files do belong
in /var/lib.

Fedora Core releases are not in general updated to new package versions just
as they are available; the development branch already contains mrtg-2.14.4.

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