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Old 04-06-2009, 11:29 PM   #1
Buddhike G
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enable separate logging for watchdog


I want to enable separate log file ( which will log everything related to watchdog in it) for watchdog demon which is running on my system. Syslog is running as system logger in RHEL4 box which i am using and my /etc/syslog.conf file looks like follows.

# Log all kernel messages to the console.
# Logging much else clutters up the screen.
#kern.* /dev/console

# Log anything (except mail) of level info or higher.
# Don't log private authentication messages!
*.info;watchdog.none;mail.none;authpriv.none;cron.none /var/log/messages

# The authpriv file has restricted access.
authpriv.* /var/log/secure

# Log all the mail messages in one place.
mail.* -/var/log/maillog

# Log cron stuff
cron.* /var/log/cron

# Watchdog Logs
watchdog.* /var/log/watchdog/watchdog.log

# Everybody gets emergency messages
*.emerg *

# Save news errors of level crit and higher in a special file.
uucp,news.crit /var/log/spooler

# Save boot messages also to boot.log
local7.* /var/log/boot.log

Also My /etc/watchdog.conf file is look like as follows.

#ping =
#ping =
#interface = eth0
file = /var/log/watchdog/watchdog.log
#change = 1407

# Uncomment to enable test. Setting one of these values to '0' disables it.
# These values will hopefully never reboot your machine during normal use
# (if your machine is really hung, the loadavg will go much higher than 25)
max-load-1 = 24
max-load-5 = 18
max-load-15 = 12

# Note that this is the number of pages!
# To get the real size, check how large the pagesize is on your machine.
min-memory = 1

repair-binary = /usr/local/bin/repair
#test-binary = /usr/local/bin/test
#test-timeout =

watchdog-device = /dev/watchdog

# Defaults compiled into the binary
#temperature-device =
#max-temperature = 120

# Defaults compiled into the binary
#admin = root
#interval = 10
logtick = 3

# This greatly decreases the chance that watchdog won't be scheduled before
# your machine is really loaded
realtime = yes
priority = 1

# Check if syslogd is still running by enabling the following line
#pidfile = /var/run/
#pidfile = /var/run/

after changing the configuration files i've rebooted the system and saw that logging is not working (even I've created /var/log/watchdog/watchdog.log) file mannually. Can anybody please help me out to solve that problem.

Thanx in advance !!!
Old 04-07-2009, 04:32 PM   #2
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watchdog.* is invalid. the first part of that pair of attributes is the syslog facility, not a process name or anything, and must be from the list here.

if you check out syslog-ng you can match on process name (which is actually parsed out of the message text, not the process actually creating the log, or match on other strings to redirect to separate files.



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