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Old 01-14-2006, 07:33 AM   #1
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/var/log/messages LARGE


My log at /var/log/messages is huge! What can I do to empty and limit the size... currently 16,000,000,000....


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Old 01-14-2006, 08:20 AM   #2
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the easiest way would be to do:
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echo > /var/log/messages
It will take a while on that big a logfile.

To limit the size you might want to look into 'logrotate'. Also, you might want to check out before emptying the log, why its getting so large and fix the problem that is spamming it out of the sky.. (: I once had an apache error_log skyrocket to 18Gb before the partition ran out of space.. php went wild.. (;
 
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consider making smaller files with root powers edit the file
/etc/logrotate.conf....probably weekly to daily may suffice?
 
Old 01-14-2006, 08:33 AM   #4
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Thanks for the help. Here is the problem that is causing the logging... Was unable to see it because of the size.

Jan 14 06:30:30 mind pop3[32515]: Fatal error: invalid option name on line 23 of configuration file
Jan 14 06:30:30 mind master[26352]: process 32515 exited, status 75
Jan 14 06:30:30 mind master[26352]: service pop3 pid 32515 in READY state: terminated abnormally
Jan 14 06:30:30 mind master[32516]: about to exec /usr/lib/cyrus/bin/pop3d
Jan 14 06:30:30 mind pop3[32516]: Fatal error: invalid option name on line 23 of configuration file
Jan 14 06:30:30 mind master[26352]: process 32516 exited, status 75
Jan 14 06:30:30 mind master[26352]: service pop3 pid 32516 in READY state: terminated abnormally
Jan 14 06:30:30 mind master[32517]: about to exec /usr/lib/cyrus/bin/pop3d
Jan 14 06:30:30 mind pop3[32517]: Fatal error: invalid option name on line 23 of configuration file
Jan 14 06:30:30 mind master[26352]: process 32517 exited, status 75
Jan 14 06:30:30 mind master[26352]: service pop3 pid 32517 in READY state: terminated abnormally
Jan 14 06:30:30 mind master[32518]: about to exec /usr/lib/cyrus/bin/pop3d
Jan 14 06:30:30 mind pop3[32518]: Fatal error: invalid option name on line 23 of configuration file
 
Old 01-14-2006, 09:10 AM   #5
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Why is this log continuing to fill when I have stopped the following?

/etc/init.d/mysql.server stop
/usr/local/sbin/authdaemond stop
/usr/lib/courier-imap/libexec/imapd.rc stop
/usr/lib/courier-imap/libexec/pop3d.rc stop
postfix stop




Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[26352]: process 29592 exited, status 75
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[26352]: service pop3 pid 29592 in READY state: terminated abnormally
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[29593]: about to exec /usr/lib/cyrus/bin/pop3d
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind pop3[29593]: Fatal error: invalid option name on line 23 of configuration file
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[26352]: process 29593 exited, status 75
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[26352]: service pop3 pid 29593 in READY state: terminated abnormally
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[29594]: about to exec /usr/lib/cyrus/bin/pop3d
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind pop3[29594]: Fatal error: invalid option name on line 23 of configuration file
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[26352]: process 29594 exited, status 75
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[26352]: service pop3 pid 29594 in READY state: terminated abnormally
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[29595]: about to exec /usr/lib/cyrus/bin/pop3d
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind pop3[29595]: Fatal error: invalid option name on line 23 of configuration file
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[26352]: process 29595 exited, status 75
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[26352]: service pop3 pid 29595 in READY state: terminated abnormally
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[29596]: about to exec /usr/lib/cyrus/bin/pop3d
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind pop3[29596]: Fatal error: invalid option name on line 23 of configuration file
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[26352]: process 29596 exited, status 75
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[26352]: service pop3 pid 29596 in READY state: terminated abnormally
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind master[29597]: about to exec /usr/lib/cyrus/bin/pop3d
Jan 14 07:06:20 mind pop3[29597]: Fatal error: invalid option name on line 23 of configuration file
 
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No idea why it keeps on retrying, maybe some init system has orders to keep it alive nomatter what..

So, youre easiest off just fixing the error on line 23 of the conf.. (:
 
Old 01-14-2006, 09:15 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Artanicus
No idea why it keeps on retrying, maybe some init system has orders to keep it alive nomatter what..

So, youre easiest off just fixing the error on line 23 of the conf.. (:
That was actually my first action. I am assuming master. I cannot find where it would be a problem...

# ==========================================================================
# service type private unpriv chroot wakeup maxproc command + args
# (yes) (yes) (yes) (never) (100)
# ==========================================================================
smtp inet n - n - - smtpd
#smtps inet n - n - - smtpd
# -o smtpd_tls_wrappermode=yes -o smtpd_sasl_auth_enable=yes
#submission inet n - n - - smtpd
# -o smtpd_enforce_tls=yes -o smtpd_sasl_auth_enable=yes -o smtpd_etrn_restrictions=reject
#628 inet n - n - - qmqpd
pickup fifo n - n 60 1 pickup
cleanup unix n - n - 0 cleanup
qmgr fifo n - n 300 1 qmgr
#qmgr fifo n - n 300 1 oqmgr
#tlsmgr fifo - - n 300 1 tlsmgr
rewrite unix - - n - - trivial-rewrite
bounce unix - - n - 0 bounce
defer unix - - n - 0 bounce
trace unix - - n - 0 bounce
verify unix - - n - 1 verify
flush unix n - n 1000? 0 flush
proxymap unix - - n - - proxymap
smtp unix - - n - - smtp
relay unix - - n - - smtp
# -o smtp_helo_timeout=5 -o smtp_connect_timeout=5
showq unix n - n - - showq
error unix - - n - - error
local unix - n n - - local
virtual unix - n n - - virtual
lmtp unix - - n - - lmtp
anvil unix - - n - 1 anvil
#localhost:10025 inet n - n - - smtpd -o content_filter=



maildrop unix - n n - - pipe
flags=Ru user=vmail argv=/usr/local/bin/maildrop -d ${recipient}
cyrus unix - n n - - pipe
user=cyrus argv=/usr/lib/cyrus/bin/deliver -e -r ${sender} -m ${extension} ${user}
uucp unix - n n - - pipe
flags=Fqhu user=uucp argv=uux -r -n -z -a$sender - $nexthop!rmail ($recipient)
ifmail unix - n n - - pipe
flags=F user=ftn argv=/usr/lib/ifmail/ifmail -r $nexthop ($recipient)
bsmtp unix - n n - - pipe
flags=Fq. user=foo argv=/usr/local/sbin/bsmtp -f $sender $nexthop $recipient
vscan unix - n n - 10 pipe
user=vscan argv=/usr/sbin/amavis ${sender} ${recipient}
procmail unix - n n - - pipe
flags=R user=nobody argv=/usr/bin/procmail -t -m /etc/procmailrc ${sender} ${recipient}
scache unix - - n - 1 scache
discard unix - - n - - discard
tlsmgr unix - - n 1000? 1 tlsmgr
 
  


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