cvs commit: src/usr.sbin/syslogd syslogd.c

Christian S.J. Peron csjp at
Wed Apr 12 04:58:02 UTC 2006

Brooks Davis wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 31, 2006 at 09:06:32AM +0000, Robert Watson wrote:
>> On Fri, 31 Mar 2006, Peter Jeremy wrote:
>>> On Thu, 2006-Mar-30 21:04:52 +0000, Christian S.J. Peron wrote:
>>>> This change allows syslogd to ignore ENOSPC space errors, so that when 
>>>> the
>>>> filesystem is cleaned up, syslogd will automatically start logging again
>>>> without requiring the reset. This makes syslogd(8) a bit more reliable.
>>> My sole concern with this is that this means that syslogd will keep trying 
>>> to write to the full filesystem - and the kernel will log the attempts to 
>>> write to a full filesystem.  Whilst there's rate limiting in the kernel, 
>>> this sort of feedback loop is undesirable.
>> What I'd like to see is an argument to syslogd to specify a maximum full 
>> level for the target file system.  Log data is valuable, but being able to 
>> write to /var/tmp/vi.recover is also important.  syslogd -l 90% could 
>> specify that sylogd should not write log records, perhaps other than an 
>> "out of space record" to a log file on a file system with >=90% capacity.  
>> This prevents the kernel from spewing about being out of space also.  The 
>> accounting code does exactly this, for identical reasons.
> Anyone working on an implementation of this?  I just had more machines
> blow up due to out of control logs from a crashing process in an
> infinite coredump loop so I'll take a shot at it if someone else isn't.
> IMO, what's really important is to keep enough space that newsyslog can
> do it's job.  I have plenty of log file that should compress at better
> than 10:1 since they are all the same two lines over and over, but it
> doesn't do any good when newsyslog can't compress the file and create a
> new one.
> -- Brooks
Yes, I am still interested in solving this problem. I am on the west 
coast for a couple more days. If it's causing problems, you can go ahead 
and back it out until we can figure out a better solution.


Christian S.J. Peron
csjp at FreeBSD.ORG
FreeBSD Committer
FreeBSD Security Team

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