[Pkg-nagios-devel] Bug#911958: Bug#911958: nagios-nrpe-plugin: On large installations, check_nrpe logs are very spammy around nrpe packet version.

Sebastiaan Couwenberg sebastic at xs4all.nl
Mon Oct 29 20:10:40 GMT 2018

On 10/29/18 8:53 PM, Faidon Liambotis wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 06:12:21PM +0100, Sebastiaan Couwenberg wrote:
>>> Could you explain a little bit more your rationale about this? It feels
>>> to me like a prime candidate for an SPU: serious issue affecting the
>>> overall stability of the system, that has a tiny, safe and easily
>>> backportable patch.
>> The version packet logging is not a serious issue, it's a normal or
>> minor issue as it doesn't affect the usability of the package.
>> If this causes an issue on large installation as reported in the OP,
>> then logrotate can be used to rotate the logs more frequently. Or the
>> newer version from stretch-backports can be installed.
> I disagree on that -- excessive and spurious logging is a serious issue
> and filling up logs of the Nagios server fast is as well. Logrotate
> helps, but not with that rate, and regardless, not a great solution
> either (the logs become just an endless sea of garbage).

Then we'll have to agree to disagree. As maintainer of the package I
have evaluated the severity of this issue, and not deemed it high enough
to be eligible for a stable update.

> And really, what's the downside? These logs are useless; the patch is
> upstream, is tiny, safe and easily backportable. If you're concerned
> about the effort... I'd be happy to provide patches and/or NMU!

If you're going to the effort to patch the package, why bother arguing
in this issue? Just provide the package in your local repo and be done
with it.

Kind Regards,


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