Bug 2257 - sysklogd making strange log entries
Summary: sysklogd making strange log entries
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: sysklogd
Version: 5.2
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
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Reported: 1999-04-18 23:20 UTC by mujtaba
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-04-19 08:26:32 UTC

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Description mujtaba 1999-04-18 23:20:06 UTC
One of my servers was updated with the latest and greatest
sysklogd RPM release April 1 on the errata page for RH5.2
and I happened to notice some strange side effects.  I have
2 completely identical systems, except for this one was
updated with the RPM and the other wasn't (I always do this
to make sure the update RPM is not breaking anything).  Now
when I view the log files on the one with the new sysklogd
PRM, I get entries that read "-- MARK --".  For example:

Apr 18 15:16:58 hawk -- MARK --
Apr 18 15:36:58 hawk -- MARK --
Apr 18 15:56:58 hawk -- MARK --
Apr 18 16:16:58 hawk -- MARK --
Apr 18 16:36:58 hawk -- MARK --
Apr 18 16:56:58 hawk -- MARK --
Apr 18 17:16:58 hawk -- MARK --
Apr 18 17:36:58 hawk -- MARK --
Apr 18 17:56:58 hawk -- MARK --
Apr 18 18:16:58 hawk -- MARK --

And the following command and output convinced me it was

[root@hawk /root]# grep "\-\- MARK \-\-" /usr/sbin/*
/usr/sbin/syslogd:-- MARK --flush %s: repeated %d times, %d

I hope this is correct and not an oversight on my part.

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-04-19 08:26:59 UTC
This is a "feature" in sysklogd. Start syslogd with the flags "-m 0"
in /etc/rc.d/init.d/syslog . Or upgrade initscripts ...

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