Several days ago, my /var/log/messages (and syslog and user.log) went crazy adding entries so fast that my system crashed due to the root partition filling up and giving a "no space left" message.
Thanks to help from this forum and another forum, I was able to delete enough files to regain enough file space to get the system restarted, and I then flushed the overloaded error message files and for several days, no messages were added in /var/log/messages , syslog, and user.log for about a week. I was checking for new messages every day or two and all seemed to be okay until today, something caused the /var/log/messages and syslog files to start filling up rapidly again. This time I saved 1,000 of the most recent entries in the messages file (several thousand messages were added today), shut the system down, and rebooted. After that, the messages and syslog files slowed down to a trickle ... but how can I figure out what is causing a flare-up like this?
I've posted the last 1,000 entries at this link: http://www.upquick.com/temp/messages.last1000
As you can see, messages were being added at a rate of 15 to 20 per second before I shut the system down. After reboot, messages were only added every couple of minutes or so.
Can anyone please tell me what might be causing these message flare-ups and how to stop it.
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root 273529 Sep 10 03:54 user.log.1
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root 364185 Sep 10 04:02 syslog.1
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root 361529 Sep 10 04:02 messages.1
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root 4755667 Sep 14 17:57 user.log
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root 5114200 Sep 14 17:57 syslog
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root 5092302 Sep 14 17:57 messages
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root 4756252 Sep 14 17:59 user.log
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root 5114992 Sep 14 17:59 syslog
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root 5093094 Sep 14 17:59 messages