syslogd help

Posted on 1997-03-05
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I just ran into a problem with my linux box.  Here it is:  my
/usr/adm/messages file doesnt tell me important system info anymore???

Here is the last few lines in the file:

Mar  2 02:42:20 kabal pppd[2930]: Terminating on signal 2.
Mar  2 02:42:20 kabal pppd[2930]: Connection terminated.
Mar  2 02:42:20 kabal pppd[2930]: Exit.
Mar  2 02:42:54 kabal init: Switching to runlevel: 6

Ever since then, everytime I invoke pppd, this file doesnt tell me.
Normally i run a tail -f /usr/adm/messages in the top right of my Xdisplay so i can c if anyone tries to telnet, ftp, rlogin into my machine, etc.

Now, this file no longer does that.  Not only that, but it doesnt tell me
when I su either???  I have no clue why this is happening.

I have run /sbin/runlevel and I am running in runlevel three.  Also, when
i ps -auxw | more,  the init process is set to [3].

I am running slackware linux kernel 2.0

I'd like to follow up my previous post about my problem with the
/usr/adm/messages file with this:

one of my friends mentionted that i should have klogd and syslogd running
in order for the file to capture sysinfo.  well i did a ps for the daemons
and sure enough syslogd is not running... i tried running syslogd manually
from the command line, but when i do  a ps after this, this is what i get:

root       163  0.0  1.9   772   292  p2 S    22:48   0:00
root       164  0.0  0.0     0     0  ?  Z    22:48   0:00 (syslogd

what is this <zombie>?  anyway, this is not a fix for my problem since the
messages file still does no reporting...  
AND, when i do a ps about 5 minutes after invoking syslogd, the daemon is
no longer running??  

i've tried doing a man on syslogd but got no man page on it.  one more
point of interest is when i boot up my system and all of my daemons are
invoked, there is an unusually long pause after the syslogd daemon.  this
has never happened before and i am at my wits end.

another point of interest is that everytime i run syslogd,
the program creates a core file... i ran "file core" on the
core file and here is what i got:

core: ELF 32-bit LSB core file i386 (386 and up) Version 1

I hope this is enough info for someone to be able to help.

Thanks alot.


Question by:compreal

Expert Comment

ID: 1626747
Did you install new packages, libraries, ... just before these last lines?
Did you have a disk crash?
Did you change anything in one of your setup files?

The <zombie> means the proces has already died, but its parent hasn't acknowledged this. The zombie should go away after the other syslogd proces ends.

Try running syslogd with the -d flag (for debugging). Look at the file /etc/syslogd.conf to find out if there is something strange. If possible, compare it to your backup.

Also, it's strange that you don't have a syslogd man page. This would indicate an installation failure. It should be in /usr/man/man8 . What does `man 8 sysklogd' (note the k) say?

Author Comment

ID: 1626748
When I ran syslogd -d, I got a
"segmentation fault: (core dumped)"

I looked at /etc/syslog.conf and the file looks normal to me.
Here is what it says:

# /etc/syslog.conf
# For info about the format of this file, see "man syslog.conf" (the BSD man
# page), and /usr/doc/sysklogd/README.linux.
# I don't know why.

*.=info;*.=notice                               /usr/adm/messages
*.=debug                                        /usr/adm/debug
*.warn                                          /usr/adm/syslog

# This might work instead to log on a remote host:
# *                     @hostname

BTW, I do have man pages on syslogd.  The proper syntax is not
"man syslogd" but rather "man 8 sysklogd"

I'm still hacking away trying to resolve this conflict.  All help
is very appreciated.  

Thanks alot


PS.  You can contact me at my email address at


Accepted Solution

elio071697 earned 50 total points
ID: 1626749
I had the same problem; it is related to having not set the
domainname and a bug in the syslogd code. A patched sysklogd is available.

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