Syslog won't start on boot

Soren Jacobsen devsoren at attbi.com
Sat Dec 15 12:14:48 PST 2001


On Sat, Dec 15, 2001 at 09:42:01PM +0300, 2sheds at newmail.ru wrote:
> I've came upon one weird problem: today we had a power surge here and
> thus I had to run fsck manually etc. Evrth was smooth, saved some lost
> links to lost+found, but after reboot startup process halted after
> writing "Starting sysklogd...". Again and again, it was always the same.
> So I deleted all symlinks to sysklogd from rc*.d folders and only then I
> was able to boot normally. Later I decided to put links back, but bootup
> hangs again. I couldn't find any references to what could be causing the
> problem (ironically, if syslog doesn't start, how am I to know what's 
> wrong then - no log to check). Any ideas what went wrong after power
> surge? Perhaps I shall reinstall syslog daemon?

This has happened to me before if its pidfile is still hanging around.
If /var/run/syslogd.pid is still there, try deleting it. 

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