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Re: -- MARK -- in /var/log/messages

On Wed, Mar 17, 1999 at 09:37:19PM +0100, Paul Lemmens wrote:
> I recently started wondering what the -- MARK -- lines in
> /var/log/messages represent. I cannot explain them logically, nor have I
> found a daemon that's responsible for these lines.
> Can anybody help out?

the MARK lines are created internally by syslogd afaik. The have the
psuedo-facility "mark". To get rid of them, add "!mark.*" or sth like that
to the relevant line in /etc/syslog.conf.

The mark lines are useful for adding a sense of timescale to a busy logfile.
If two entries have lots of MARK lines inbetween them, you know they
happened quite a while apart without having to look at the timestamps at the
start of the lines. otoh, if you're logging to a console window/vt, the mark
lines are just annoying imho.

> TIA!


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