dhclient filling up my logfile. Help needed.

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.no-ip.com
Sun Jul 13 06:35:45 PDT 2003

Hasse <webmaster at swedehost.com> writes:

> Running FreeBSD 4.8, all files are up to date, cvsuped yesterday, and I'm 
> connected to the net via ADSL. Dynamic IP, but hardly ever change.
> dhclient is filling up my /var/log/messages.
> Every 10th minute it makes a new request and logging it.

That's a pretty annoying ISP you've got there.

> I've tried to request a longer lease time in my dhclient.conf without any 
> luck, and I've tried to get it to log to another logfile named dhclient, 
> resulting in it logging to two files. dhclient and /var/log/messages.

Yep, that's what the !dhclient syntax is for...

> I've tried to talk to my ISP about this problem, without any luck.
> I think most of the computers connected to this network are win-boxes,
> and they don't seem to have this problem. ( Don't log this kind of info )

Right.  The ISP is trying to be able to make major changes to their
network without needing to plan ahead for it.

> How can I keep the program from logging all this info ?
> Not really a problem, but very annoying.

What I did was to put all of the user.notice messages into a separate
file from the main log.

*.notice;authpriv.none;kern.debug;lpr.info;mail.crit;news.err;user.warning	/var/log/messages
user.notice 					/var/log/user.messages

Remember to create user.messages first, and to set up some log
rotation for it.

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