Feed Problem!!!

Ryan MacDonald ryan.macdonald at clarent.com
Sat Jun 16 00:10:06 UTC 2001

I have looked all throuhg the logs (which are in /var/log/news).  
However at this point they have stopped logging.  I went and put the 
default active and newsgroups files in and remade the history files, 
this created a ton of things logging to /var/log/news/news.  These 
looked like this:

Jun 15 17:03:13.750 - news-out.dvmco.ip.att.net 
<3b2a0869.13222324 at news.southslope.net> 437 Unwanted newsgroup 
Jun 15 17:03:13.763 - news-out.dvmco.ip.att.net 
<Xns90C193F63methisorg at> 437 Unwanted newsgroup 
Jun 15 17:03:14.259 - news-out.dvmco.ip.att.net 
<3B2A07E8.88EACB1B at home.com> 437 Unwanted newsgroup 
Jun 15 17:03:14.318 - news-out.dvmco.ip.att.net 
<20010615090359.14936.00001754 at ng-mk1.aol.com> 437 Unwanted newsgroup 

I have seen this error a very few times...and am not sure what this is:

Jun 15 16:03:11.087 - news-out.dvmco.ip.att.net 
<Pine.LNX.4.30.0106151443440.7507-100000 at tuxedo.abo.fi> 436 cant store 
Jun 15 16:17:11.524 - news-out.dvmco.ip.att.net 
<GqjW6.82535$4f7.6619462 at bgtnsc06-news.ops.worldnet.att.net> 436 cant 
store article
Jun 15 16:19:11.756 - news-out.dvmco.ip.att.net 
<EanW6.32953$G45.1433946 at news1.onlynews.com> 436 cant store article
Jun 15 17:01:12.607 - news-out.dvmco.ip.att.net 
<9gd0v1$mrh$6 at news01.cit.cornell.edu> 436 cant store article

I'm not sure if this is a standard error, or something else.  I have 
double checked all the permissions and they all appear correct.

After putting the active / newsgroup files back in from the original 
server...once again I have nothing sent to the log files.

Syslog is producing this after the innd daemon's are running:

Jun 15 17:26:13 lich su(pam_unix)[25611]: session opened for user news 
by root(uid=0)
Jun 15 17:26:15 lich su: Starting innd.
Jun 15 17:26:15 lich su(pam_unix)[25611]: session closed for user news
Jun 15 17:26:16 lich innd: rc.news startup succeeded
Jun 15 17:26:16 lich innd: rc.news startup succeeded
Jun 15 17:35:43 lich ftpd[25696]: FTP session closed
Jun 15 17:52:27 lich ftpd[25704]: FTP session closed
Jun 15 18:01:00 lich su(pam_unix)[25715]: session opened for user news 
by (uid=0)
Jun 15 18:01:02 lich su(pam_unix)[25715]: session closed for user news
Jun 15 18:01:02 lich su(pam_unix)[25759]: session opened for user news 
by (uid=0)
Jun 15 18:01:03 lich su(pam_unix)[25759]: session closed for user news

This is my output of my "ps -ef |grep news" command:

news      5228     1 99 Jun14 ?        1-00:48:53 /bin/sh /etc/rc.news
news     25660     1  0 17:26 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/innd -p4
news     25661 25660  0 17:26 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/innfeed
news     25663 25660  0 17:26 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/perl 

Maybe I am missing a process??

This is the output of "file" to my core that keep appearing

sh-2.04$ cd /var/spool/news/articles/
sh-2.04$ ls
sh-2.04$ file core
core: ELF 32-bit LSB core file of 'innconfval' (signal 11), Intel 80386, 
version 1, from 'innconfval'

One last question...should I reboot the system?  Would this possibly 
clear any of these errors up?  I would prefer not to, as its a 
ftp/dns/ntp server as well.

Thanks again,

Jeffrey M. Vinocur wrote:

> On Fri, 15 Jun 2001, Ryan MacDonald wrote:
>> I have checked every log inside
>> /var/log/news and of course syslog with no clues.  The only file
>> generated each time is a innfeed.status file in /var/log/news, however I
>> can not see any apparent problems inside of it.  I am also not receiving
>> any error mail messages to either the news user or root.
> (For the record, some people think it's better to compile and install INN
> from source.)
> You should have, somewhere (I don't know how the RPM configures things)
> four log files, 'news', 'news.notice', 'news.err', and 'news.crit'.  Those
> are the usual places you'll want to be looking (the first for info about
> each incoming article, and the other three for error messages).  See if
> you can find them (you might look through your syslogd configuration)...


Ryan MacDonald
Systems Administrator
Clarent Corporation
(W)    303.734.5080
(C)     303.995.5682

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