[Bug 498911] Re: nspluginwrapper fills .xsession-errors until disk space is exhausted
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Fri Oct 7 16:59:14 UTC 2011
This seems to be a lot more wide-spread than just this particular
package. I have found that occasionally deleting the .cache directory
in my home folder seems to solve a lot of this. I keep having this file
fill up a 750GB partition in less than 24 hours. Filling 750 GB, making
me find the file, delete it, and then have to reboot to continue
working is patently ridiculous. It's flatly unacceptable for a server
and only marginally so for a workstation.
When I google for "xsession-errors filling hard drive", I get lots of
hits from multiple linux distros, so this isn't isolated to Ubuntu or
Debian. And the date range is quite extensive as well from 2005 to the
just a few weeks ago. So this has been happening to a lot of people,
with a lot of linux distributions, for a very long time.
I think the fundamental solution is to change how the logging for
xsession-errors behaves. Given the involvement of applications from
WINE to the gnome desktop, I don't see fixing every single application
as a viable solution. Too many users need help NOW and, frankly, this
has been happening for at least 6 years, if not longer. That's just not
right. So that brings the logic trail back around to fixing how the
xsession-error log file is handled and how those error messages are
Suggestion #1 There should be a file size limit and once that'us s
reached, it starts to overwrite.
Suggestion #2 Implement the "This error repeats 147 more times" in the
error log rather than logging each error.
Suggestion #3 Point the log file to /dev/null by default and let the
user point it elsewhere at their own risk. This is perhaps the quickest
fix and easiest to implement as it is would be a slight change to the
Xsession file in /etc/X11. Change the location and add some comments
explaining the possible issues along with directions on how to change it
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