Syslogd dying often on different hardware - hackers?

Sten Daniel Sørsdal sten.daniel.sorsdal at
Fri Aug 29 05:38:34 PDT 2003

Many of my servers tend to have their syslogd die on them.
In dmesg i could see the signal number on one of them; 11
But kill -l doesnt reveal which that is:

pid 17263 (syslogd), uid 0: exited on signal 11
pid 87264 (syslogd), uid 0: exited on signal 11

/var/log has lots of space, newsyslog does it's job regularly.
The versions vary from 4.7 to 4.9-prerelease. Lots of memory available.
Hardware ranges from 1ghz celerons, 400mhz p3's, 1.6ghz p4's.

The command lines are either;	-nccvvs -ccvvs (but mostly) -vvs

They log to remote host that is currently unavailable. 
(router emites destination host unreachable).
The reason i mention this is that many types of software misbehave 
when they receive this message.

When i ran syslogd -dvvs in 'screen' it started logging to remote 'loghost'. 
For a -long- time it kept repeating "Host is down" and tried to log to 'loghost' 
'loghost' is a local alias.

I'm finding it hard to reproduce.

-- Sten

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