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Re: 54 GB in /var/log!! -- UPDATE

On Sun, 26 Oct 2008 20:12:21 +0000, Beartooth wrote:

> One of my F9 machines -- actually my #1 main machine -- started having
> display problems. 
> 	Obviously, I want to cut /var/log with electronic double-bitted
> axes in both hands, to get to my user's GUI again; and to find the
> source of the bloat and correct it.

	Having eventually -- thanks to the invaluable help here -- 
discovered that the culprit was /var/log/messages-20081026, with the 
whole 54GB; having failed to understand the problem, and finally deleted 
it just to get back, I'm now on the #1 machine again, and I see : 

=====		=====		=====		=====
[root Hbsk2 btth]# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
                       72G   18G   51G  26% /
/dev/sda1             190M   25M  156M  14% /boot
tmpfs                 1.5G   48K  1.5G   1% /dev/shm
/dev/sdb1              75G   15G   61G  20% /media/System
[root Hbsk2 btth]# 
	=====		=====		=====		=====

	All I could tell, from my sadly ineffectual attempts to skim the 
bad file without GUI means, was that it kept saying something about some 
USB device, and also that some device couldn't do fax. (I never use fax.)

	I'm very sorry not to have a better explanation of what happened, 
especially inasmuch as I'm also worried. Unless it was some inadvertent 
command, blamable on my arthritic eyeballs and trifocal fingers, and thus 
a fluke, it might happen again.

	I think logrotate must be working, because both the file for the 
25th and the 27th were reported nonexistent. In fact, I'm not at all sure 
it was me that deleted the bad one; maybe logrotate did it.

	I took a look : 

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[root Hbsk2 btth]# file /var/log/messages-20081027
/var/log/messages-20081027: ERROR: cannot open `/var/log/
messages-20081027' (No such file or directory)
[root Hbsk2 btth]# file /var/log/messages-20081026
/var/log/messages-20081026: empty
[root Hbsk2 btth]# file /var/log/messages-20081025
/var/log/messages-20081025: ERROR: cannot open `/var/log/
messages-20081025' (No such file or directory)
[root Hbsk2 btth]# 
	=====		=====		=====		=====

	Does that tell anyone anything more than it does me? Does it look 
like, or at least compatible with, logrotate?

	I suppose I should take a look at root's mail. What should I look 
there for? (I think I do have logwatch running on this machine.)

Beartooth Staffwright, PhD, Neo-Redneck Linux Convert
Fedora 8 & 9; Alpine 2.00, Pan 0.132; Privoxy 3.0.6;
Dillo 0.8.6, Galeon 2, Epiphany 2, Opera 9, Firefox 2 & 3
Remember I know precious little of what I am talking about.

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