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SubjectRe: syslog() blocks on glibc 2.1.3 with kernel 2.2.x
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> It was NOT ignored. If syslogd dies, then the system SHOULD stop, after a

Huh? "SHOULD"? Why? If syslog dies for any reason (bug, DOS, hack,
admin stupidity) then I sure don't want the system freezing up.

( heh... at work on Solaris I monitor 300+ systems, and it's not unusual
to find 1 box a week with syslog not running for some reason or another.
I can't decide whether it's admin stupidity or bugs in Solaris syslog - of
which there are many :-(( )

syslog is not meant to be a secure audit system. Messages can be
legitimately dropped. Applications have been coded assuming that they
will not be frozen in syslog(). Linux should not be different in this
respect. Hmm... it might be nice to be this a system tunable parameter
but I'm not sure the best way of doing that (glibc maybe?)

Stephen Harris
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