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empty log files

i was playing w/ a kernel driver when i noticed the following:

(machine 1)
-rw-r-----    1 root     adm             0 Mar 25 06:49 /var/log/kern.log
-rw-r-----    1 root     adm          2259 Mar 20 17:59 /var/log/kern.log.0

(machine 2)
-rw-r-----    1 root     adm             0 Mar 25 06:49 /var/log/kern.log
-rw-r-----    1 root     adm        436938 Mar 18 18:40 /var/log/kern.log.0

this is rather disturbing.  my /etc/syslog.conf on both machines
contains "kern.*  -/var/log/kern.log", with timestamps on the conf
files being from january.  has anyone else noticed something similar?
i'm thinking this is either a bug w/ syslog, or else i fucked something
up.  user.log is 0 bytes as well.  the other log files are fine (messages,
daemon.log, auth.log, debug, and syslog), afaict.  has anyone else noticed
anything similar w/ debian unstable?

"... being a Linux user is sort of like living in a house inhabited
by a large family of carpenters and architects. Every morning when
you wake up, the house is a little different. Maybe there is a new
turret, or some walls have moved. Or perhaps someone has temporarily
removed the floor under your bed." - Unix for Dummies, 2nd Edition
        -- found in the .sig of Rob Riggs, rriggs@tesser.com

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