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[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Lynette Tillner
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 11:21 AM
Subject: how do I suppress system messages?

This is something that drives me crazy but I've not been able to find a way
to stop it.

When I log into my FreeBSD 4.6 Web Server as root, I get messages from
sendmail that I can't suppress with dmesg. They are a real pain because
they even come across the screen when I'm using VI to edit files and then I
can't figure out the line I was in the middle of editing, and end up doing a
:q! and starting over, very frustrating because we get tons of mail and it
seems like I can't do anything as root because of these messages.

Is there a command that will suppress the messages?   I remember being able
to do that when I was working on an HP-UX system but haven't figured it out
under FreeBSD.

Thanks for any help!


Kevin Glick wrote:


System messages print out to the console on tty0 only, by default.  If you
want to use the console, switch to tty1 or above.  Do this by ALT+2(tty1),
ALT+3(tty2), etc.
When you're in Vi, and syslog prints across the screen, using CTRL+L will
re-draw the screen, and remove the syslog messages.
If you want to get rid of the messages altogether, look into disabling
syslogd, via /etc/rc.conf.  (Man syslogd, or check /etc/defaults/rc.conf for

Kevin Glick
ITS Manager
Sterling Business Forms

Some good advice here, for sure, but does she really want to disable syslogd, unless the only service she really cares about on this box is http (and unless she'd disabled a lot of stuff, it probably isn't...)?? IIRC, in /etc/syslog.conf, instruction is given on how to redirect ttyv0 output to /var/log/console.log, which seems a better option. Disabling syslogd would ((probably)) stop logging of some useful information (like auth.info) as well as the sendmail output that's "driving her crazy". Disclaimer: I'm not an expert, and don't [exactly] play one on questions@ ...

My $0.02,

Kevin Kinsey
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