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fuzzyworm 04-23-2006 12:50 PM

Debugging and/or error messages appearing on VTs
Hello all,

I have a problem in that when I am using Virtual Terminals for day-to-day stuff, many messages come up. At one point, this was just occasionally when I plugged a USB device or whatever in, and was tolerable, but especially since I established a firewall, I keep getting many messages.

They vary in content, some are reporting errors, or new hardware detected, some are reporting the firewall activity.

They are all very disruptive, since they interfere with curses displays, and half the time I can't see what I'm typing.

Is it possible to disable them, limit them to 1 VT or send them to a log file instead?

I am running Debian Testing, Linux Kernel 2.6

Any help you can offer would be very much appreciated

ataraxia 04-23-2006 12:56 PM

You need to edit /etc/syslog.conf and get rid of the line that sends messages to '*'. Those same messages are going to a logfile already.

fuzzyworm 04-23-2006 05:40 PM

Thanks for the tip, at first it didn't seem to do anything, but it made me think, so I checked my iptables configs, and it was set for full logging, giving me details of every packet, so I changed the logging settings, and all is now fine and dandy!!

Thanks again for the help.

jonr 06-14-2006 12:03 PM

Thanks, ataraxia and fuzzyworm! Due to these posts from both of you, I fixed the same problem that I was having since newly installing Xubuntu Dapper. I just disabled logging using guarddog and so far no more messages.

If I want to see who's bombarding me, I can use ethereal. Those messages were absolutely useless and logging slowed down the system as well as making it sometimes impossible to enter commands in a virtual console.

You've just made one user's life easier. :)

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