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    File .xsession-errors is huge!

    I have a fit PC running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. I use it primarily as a subversion server and to test web based stuff. It's a headless box that I usually access (when I need to) by VNC.

    Suddenly the subversion server was reporting no disk space. I checked to find that the .xsession-errors file was 110GB large!

    I used head and tail to get the first and last 100k lines. After about 13000 lines of other stuff, the log started filling up with this:


    08/01/2012 12:27:21 PM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    08/01/2012 12:27:21 PM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    08/01/2012 12:27:21 PM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    08/01/2012 12:27:21 PM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    08/01/2012 12:27:21 PM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    08/01/2012 12:27:21 PM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message

    this apparently kept running until the disk was full... the last lines are:

    11/01/2012 07:38:23 AM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    11/01/2012 07:38:23 AM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    11/01/2012 07:38:23 AM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    11/01/2012 07:38:23 AM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    11/01/2012 07:38:23 AM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    11/01/2012 07:38:23 AM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    11/01/2012 07:38:23 AM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    11/01/2012 07:38:23 AM Authentication deferred - ignoring client message
    11/01/2012 07:38:23 AM Authentic

    A quick net search seems to indicate it might have something to do with something called vino. So I was wondering if anybody knew what was causing this (and why it's outputting 13000+ lines per second to the log?) and how to resolve?

    It doesn't seem to be doing it again (and the subversion server is working again) so I can check in a couple days to see if it happens again, but I'd like to know, if I can, what caused it.

    Any help appreciated! Thanks!

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    Re: File .xsession-errors is huge!

    I'm sure it's a bug of some sort (and maybe I should do something to limit the size of the error file, I'm looking at that google search you linked and there's some info on that, thanks), but none of the reported bugs from your link (or my searches) detailed the repeating error message I'm seeing.

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    Re: File .xsession-errors is huge!

    I also have this problem and am looking to resolve. It's over 100M in size, with a lot of warnings. I don't mind the errors, but warnings are unsolvable.

    I've tried toying around with /etc/rsyslog.d/50-default.conf and disabled the bottom part where it was commented that it could bog down the system. Way too much logging going on for a fresh and first install however.

    Even with this disabled though, it still records to this file. Is there some conf somewhere where this could be turned from warnings to errors only?

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    Re: File .xsession-errors is huge!

    I had this problem on my Gentoo system, except it was writing to .gnomerc-errors. Since I had a raid array, 44G was blown away in a few minutes.

    This seems to be a problem with the window or session manager allowing infinite log output from X apps gone awry. Googling it shows that many different apps can cause this problem.

    Maybe the bug should be reported to the GNOME team?
    Last edited by heheman3000; August 6th, 2012 at 12:49 AM.

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    Re: File .xsession-errors is huge!

    have the same issue -

    it looks like the vnc server is under a DOS attack as the log is filled with invalid login attempts. I'm changing the VNC port to something other than 5900 to see if this helps. See the link below to change the default port

    http://davestechsupport.com/blog/200...ort-in-ubuntu/

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