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SubjectRe: syslog() blocks on glibc 2.1.3 with kernel 2.2.x

> You obviously don't understand the communication channel being used.
> "/dev/log" is a UNIX DOMAIN SOCKET -- AF_UNIX. Datagrams are unreliable
> for _IP_ (AF_INET). Traffic on an AF_UNIX socket is always reliable.
> Ok, smarty, go change the syslogd source to open /dev/log as SOCK_STREAM
> and watch it fail. (syslog wasn't invented yesturday.)
> I would suggest disabling name resolution for syslog, but that's an ugly
> option. There's no way to stop a glibc system from doing a DNS query for
> a reverse lookup. HOWEVER, you can set the DNS timeout to 1 second and
> set the resolver options to prevent recursion (answer from cache only.)

Reverse isn't necessary on a central loghost. Saves at least one system


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