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tarballedtux 05-21-2003 03:22 PM

Odd recurring message in /var/log/messages
 
I've noticed this for a while and wanted to see what this was. For a while now, probably a couple of months this particular message has been appearing my "messages" log file.

May 18 04:40:02 mybox syslogd 1.4.1: restart.
May 20 20:01:53 mybox -- MARK --
May 20 20:21:53 mybox -- MARK --
May 20 20:41:53 mybox -- MARK --
May 20 21:01:53 mybox -- MARK --
May 20 21:21:53 mybox -- MARK --
May 20 21:41:53 mybox -- MARK --
May 20 22:01:53 mybox -- MARK --


The MARK is what confuses me. It happens literally every twenty minutes. I thought it could be related to something with iptables, because I vaguely remember that being a target in iptables.

Thanks in advance.

manthram 05-21-2003 03:28 PM

why dont you use 'iptables - L' and check if it really is specified in the iptables rules and see if logging is enabled for that rule

unSpawn 05-21-2003 03:29 PM

Restarting syslogd with "-m 0" should work AFAIK.

david_ross 05-21-2003 03:32 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by unSpawn
Restarting syslogd with "-m 0" should work AFAIK.
I think unSpawn is right but it is there for a reason.

The syslog daemon can be set to write a "MARK" into the file if no other messages have been written. It can be useful for finding out when a system has crashed/stopped responding.

cuckoopint 05-21-2003 09:28 PM

Quote:

The MARK is what confuses me. It happens literally every twenty minutes.
You would think that the fact that this occurs every 20 minutes and is called "Mark", it could maybe mean something? .... or, maybe not.
; )


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