Bug 63279 - logwatch is a mess, cron and samba incompatibility
logwatch is a mess, cron and samba incompatibility
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: logwatch (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Elliot Lee
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Reported: 2002-04-11 18:28 EDT by Michael Schwendt
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-04-11 18:29:05 EDT
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patch against logwatch-2.6-1 (2.99 KB, patch)
2002-04-11 18:29 EDT, Michael Schwendt
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Description Michael Schwendt 2002-04-11 18:28:30 EDT
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Description of problem:
logwatch as shipped with Enigma errata and Skipjack-beta2 fails to parse
/var/log/cron and /var/log/samba/log.* due to date preprocessing code which is
out-of-date and incompatible with the current format of dates in /var/log.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. su -l root
2. logwatch --debug=10 --detail=10 &> out.txt
3. less out.txt  and  look at logwatch mail to root

Actual Results:  The log file preprocessors for cron and samba don't match any
line at all.

Notice how /etc/log.d/scripts/logfiles/cron/applydate is called and checks for a
wrong date prefix. That filter ought to be dropped. Cron logs in standard date

Also notice how Samba's logs seem to be checked for a wrong date format, too,
(at least debug output says that) but internally the Perl script checks a second
format. Unfortunately, it gets that one completely wrong, too, and doesn't strip
off the carriage return, and  additionally uses a wrong regular expression that
is incompatible with the Samba log format of Red Hat Linux.

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I'll attach one possible fix, but my motivation to fix logwatch is close to
Comment 1 Michael Schwendt 2002-04-11 18:29:00 EDT
Created attachment 53504 [details]
patch against logwatch-2.6-1
Comment 2 Elliot Lee 2002-04-15 14:12:13 EDT
applied in 2.6-2, thanks

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