X error log
grasshopper at linuxkungfu.org
Thu Mar 30 02:29:21 BST 2006
On Wednesday 29 March 2006 15:50, Scott Bronson wrote:
> Branden's not known for his bedside manner. But the dude is smart and
> very productive.
I hate it when people who command respect are impossible to like.
> .xsession-errors is meant for errors. Errors! Gnome and KDE apps,
> though, manage to fill it with megabytes of useless warnings.
If not gigabytes. The issue never showed up on my radar until I found
my /home partition full and, since .xsession-errors doesn't show up in
a "du -sh *" glob, eventually found a 12GB .xsession-errors. I didn't bother
investigating what had filled it up, but it can't be that hard to have some
kind of check on that, can it?
> Unfortunately, I think the cat is out of the bag on this one. There's
> no way you're going to change every single Gnome and KDE app to not spew
> wads of garbage while they run.
I similarly wish gconf would stop polluting my syslog. I don't even run
> Reluctantly, I agree. It should be truncated. It's a shameful
> situation though. It would be nice to somehow pipe all Gnome and KDE
> output to /dev/null so that .xsession-errors can become useful again.
That definitely impairs its usefulness. That's less of a severe problem,
though, than its unchecked growth. Perhaps it should just be rotated (a
default crontab entry?) to .old now and then similarly to Xorg.$DISPLAY.log.
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