Bug 54561 - A bad syslogd.conf make computer freeze
A bad syslogd.conf make computer freeze
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: sysklogd (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jason Vas Dias
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2001-10-12 09:25 EDT by grenier
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-08-30 17:14:36 EDT
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Description grenier 2001-10-12 09:25:04 EDT
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Description of problem:
My bad syslogd.conf file ends by
*.*	/dev/tty12
When syslogd starts, there is a warning message about this problem.
But when I try to switch to another console, the computer freezes.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): 1.4-7

How reproducible:
Always (on the same computer)

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Modify /etc/syslogd.conf
2.Restart syslog
3.Switch to another console


Actual Results:  The computer freeze

Additional info:

The computer is under kernel 2.2.19
Comment 1 D. Stimits 2002-01-20 17:16:29 EST
I have found that syslogd on RH 7.1 attempts to restart 6 times. The restart
mechanism is incorrect, and tries to spawn too many syslogd daemons. I have also
found that attempting a shutdown or xinetd restart during that time will cause
hard lockup or oops. In my particular case, I'm using SMP. This is the second
time I've hit this problem, and it should be moved up in priority.
Comment 2 Jason Vas Dias 2004-08-30 17:14:36 EDT
Just clearing out old bugs here.
This bug was fixed a long time ago, but never got closed.
It is certainly fixed in the current version of syslog:

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