[Pkg-utopia-maintainers] Bug#375302: Bug#375302: network-manager: runs wpa_supplicant in a too verbose mode

Michael Biebl biebl at debian.org
Tue Jul 3 14:47:29 UTC 2007

Trevor Caira wrote:
>> This is intentional. NetworkManager is still a young project and these
>> additional information helps to fix remaining issues because they make
>> bug reports more valuable.
> There are two main issues with this.
> 1) It is self-defeating. To the average sysadmin who seeks to debug
> NetworkManager issues, it rapidly becomes impossible to hone in the
> actual problem itself, as one must wade through thousands of useless
> debug messages. Most of the messages logged by NetworkManager are
> completely orthogonal to its operation, at least in my case, so any
> claim that they might enhance bug reports is specious.
> 2) It masks real issues on the system. If your log is 75% full of debug
> messages, it becomes difficult to spot real problems that arise and
> report to syslog.
> Additionally, especially in the case where NetworkManager ends up in a
> workstation image, those who monitor logs via logcheck may end up with
> MB of spam in their log report emails.
> Debug modes are good. But they should not be enabled by default, and
> they should certainly be able to be turned off.
> This error in nm goes beyond bad coding style; it is dangerous to system
> security as it obscures actual problems.

If you run syslog-ng (which I highly recommend), try the following in your

destination df_nm { file("/var/log/NetworkManager.log"); };
filter f_nm { match("NetworkManager"); };

log {

Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the
universe are pointed away from Earth?

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