Bug 469137 - Dates are incorrect in sysstat generated sar files
Dates are incorrect in sysstat generated sar files
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: sysstat (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Ivana Varekova
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2008-10-30 00:02 EDT by Frank Kruchio
Modified: 2008-10-30 10:45 EDT (History)
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Description Frank Kruchio 2008-10-30 00:02:39 EDT
Description of problem:
The sardd files generated by sar has an incorrect date at the top.
Here is an example 

[root@aklia955 sa]# cat /etc/redhat-release
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES release 3 (Taroon Update 9)

[root@aklia955 sa]# date
Thu Oct 30 16:51:56 NZDT 2008

[root@aklia955 sa]# uname -a
Linux aklia955.bigcompany.co.nz 2.4.21-53.ELsmp #1 SMP Wed Nov 14 03:54:12 EST 2007 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
[root@aklia955 sa]# head -n 2 sar30
Linux 2.4.21-53.ELsmp (aklia955.bigcompany.co.nz)    2008-09-30

See the wrong date above ?? September 30, it is October 30 today.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
[root@aklia955 sa]# rpm -q sysstat

How reproducible:
A whole month worth of data shows the wrong dates at the top of each file
[root@aklia955 sa]# ll sar*
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct  1 23:53 sar01
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct  2 23:53 sar02
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct  3 23:53 sar03
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct  4 23:53 sar04
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct  5 23:53 sar05
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct  6 23:53 sar06
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct  7 23:53 sar07
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct  8 23:53 sar08
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct  9 23:53 sar09
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 10 23:53 sar10
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 11 23:53 sar11
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 12 23:53 sar12
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 13 23:53 sar13
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 14 23:53 sar14
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 15 23:53 sar15
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 16 23:53 sar16
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 17 23:53 sar17
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 18 23:53 sar18
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 19 23:53 sar19
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 20 23:53 sar20
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 21 23:53 sar21
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 22 23:53 sar22
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 23 23:53 sar23
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 24 23:53 sar24
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 25 23:53 sar25
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 26 23:53 sar26
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 27 23:53 sar27
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 28 23:53 sar28
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.6M Oct 29 23:53 sar29
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1.4M Oct 30 16:40 sar30

Steps to Reproduce:
1. install RHEl3 U9 and sysstat.rpm
2. look at the generated sar files
Actual results:
One month older date shown despite having 

Expected results:
correct date should be shown at top, not one month older date
Note: tzdata and /etc/localtime is latest and 

[root@aklia955 sa]# rpm -q tzdata
[root@aklia955 sa]# rpm -qi tzdata
Name        : tzdata                       Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version     : 2008b                             Vendor: Red Hat, Inc.
Release     : 3.el3                         Build Date: Tue 27 May 2008 12:06:27 AM NZST
Install Date: Tue 02 Sep 2008 01:34:56 AM NZST      Build Host: js20-bc1-9.build.redhat.com
Group       : System Environment/Base       Source RPM: tzdata-2008b-3.el3.src.rpm
Size        : 700229                           License: GPL
Signature   : DSA/SHA1, Tue 27 May 2008 02:30:00 AM NZST, Key ID 219180cddb42a60e
Packager    : Red Hat, Inc. <http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla>
Summary     : Timezone data
Description :
This package contains data files with rules for various timezones around
the world.
[root@aklia955 sa]# md5sum /etc/localtime /usr/share/zoneinfo/NZ
28e3497aa0acae03edee06ed4d7dc72b  /etc/localtime
28e3497aa0acae03edee06ed4d7dc72b  /usr/share/zoneinfo/NZ

Additional info:
It does appear to be the case that sysstat joins a new file to an old one, concatenating them.
Also note the entry in cron and sysstat config:
[root@aklia955 sa]# cat /etc/cron.d/sysstat
# run system activity accounting tool every 10 minutes
*/5 * * * * root /usr/lib/sa/sa1 1 1
# generate a daily summary of process accounting at 23:53
53 23 * * * root /usr/lib/sa/sa2 -A

[root@aklia955 sa]# cat /etc/sysconfig/sysstat
#                  WARNING
#       This file is managed by CFEngine.
# Any changes to this file will be over-written.
# How long to keep log files (days), maximum is a month
Comment 1 Ludek Smid 2008-10-30 10:45:24 EDT
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