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RE: Problem with syslogd

On Tue, 9 Jan 2007, Johan Pretorius wrote:

I have RHEL 4 (currently 100% up2date) running on a Dell 2950. For
some reason the syslogd does not log any messages (actually no
messages were even logged with in the last 5 weeks). The syslog.conf
file is the standerd one (no changes made). Also syslogd seems to run
for a while and then dies (not running but pid file exists)

A reboot does not fix this problem and I have no Idea where to start
looking for the problem. Any suggestions on how to fix/troubleshoot
this problem?

Have you verified which, if any files have changed from the RPM defaults:

rpm -V sysklogd

Have you verified the package signature?

rpm -K sysklogd

This is the version I have installed: sysklogd-1.4.1-26_EL (rpm -qa | grep sysklog)
"rpm -V sysklogd" returns: "S.5....T. c /etc/syslog.conf"
"rpm -K sysklogd" returns nothing (Can this be right?)
"syslogd -v" returns: "syslogd 1.4.1"

This seems fine, as long as you have changed the syslog.conf file .. an explanation of the output of the rpm -V <package> is available at: <http://www.rpm.org/max-rpm/s1-rpm-verify-output.html>

The rpm -K command should only complain if there is is a signature mismatch. This seems fine.

You could try starting syslog with strace in front of it .. it will allow you to trace system calls and signals.


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