/var/log/messages is empty

Todd Denniston Todd.Denniston at ssa.crane.navy.mil
Mon Apr 20 14:59:29 UTC 2009

Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote, On 04/19/2009 08:53 PM:
> Geoffrey Leach wrote:
>> On 04/19/2009 02:29:38 PM, Joseph L. Casale wrote:
>>>>> logrotate moves /var/log/messages to /var/log/messages-todaysdate 
>>>>> once
>>>>> in a
>>>>> while.
>>>> Thanks, but that's not the problem. I've got several rotated logs
>>> with 
>>>> content, and one without.
>>> I think you may have missed the point: If logrotate swapped it,
>>> and nothing new has been logged, it could be empty.
>>> # logger Foo
>>> # tail /var/log/messages
>>> What you get?
>> root at pvr[7]->logger Foo
>> root at pvr[8]->tail /var/log/messages
>> root at pvr[9]->
> It sounds like the log file may have been deleted/recreated without
> rsyslog being restarted. Try running "service rsyslog reload" or
> "service rsyslog restart" and see if that helps. It is possible for
> a process to keep writing to a file it had open, even if the file
> has ben deleter.
> Mikkel

Which fedora?
I have seen a symptom like this before.
suggestion, check to see how many sysloger's you have...
rpm -qa |grep syslog

Though I think Peter fixed it so they should work together now (at least for F10).

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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