Bug#810211: gnome-session: fills-up /var/log/{syslog, messages, user.log} resulting in system blockage

Joachim H. Kaiser jhkaiser at web.de
Thu Jan 7 09:53:04 UTC 2016

Package: gnome-session
Version: 3.14.0-2
Severity: important

Dear Maintainer,

the file /var/log/{syslog,messages,user.log} grow massively running into
several 100 MB each.  I experienced my system stopping to work since gigabytes
of logs have been accumulated which left no space on the device holding
/var/log.  Even in "recovery mode" it was not trivial to get my computer
running again.

I tried to configure rsyslog to discard all messages from gnome-session by
specifying ":msg, contains, "gnome-session" ~" in /etc/rsyslog.d/local.conf.
However, this didn't prevent gnome-session from writing to these log files!?!?

Now I am pretty nervous about when gnome-session delivers another deadlock to
me.  I know, that there is a bug report #732832, however, I think that this bug
is much more serious than reported there.

Despite my excitement, many thanks to you for maintaining this package.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 8.2
  APT prefers stable-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'stable-updates'), (500, 'proposed-updates'), (500, 'stable'), (500, 'oldstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 3.16.0-4-686-pae (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages gnome-session depends on:
ii  gnome-session-bin      3.14.0-2
ii  gnome-session-common   3.14.0-2
ii  gnome-settings-daemon  3.14.2-3
ii  gnome-shell            3.14.4-1~deb8u1

gnome-session recommends no packages.

Versions of packages gnome-session suggests:
ii  desktop-base      8.0.2
ii  gnome-keyring     3.14.0-1+b1
ii  gnome-user-guide  3.14.1-1

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