messages log file corrupted

Ray Parrish crp at
Fri Mar 20 17:42:14 UTC 2009

Smoot Carl-Mitchell wrote:
> On Fri, 2009-03-20 at 06:54 -0700, Ray Parrish wrote:
>> Is this log file indeed binary in some way, even 'though it shows as 
>> plain text in nautilus, and displays as such in Kwrite in spite of it's 
>> warnings to the contrary?
> The logs are plain ASCII text.
>> What the heck happened that caused the white space, and subsequent lack 
>> of output in System Log viewer?
> I speculate some non-printable characters may be in the logs which is
> interfering with the display in the log viewer.  If you look at the log
> with vim, these characters will show up in the editor.
Thank you! After installing vim, and all of it's companion packages, I 
used the gui version to edit my messages file, and it now loads in Gedit 
with no complaints. There were about three lines of ^@ characters in the 
file. Actually the @ was slightly different but I don't have any way to 
represent it's actual appearance.

I'm adding vim to my editors menu, and will use it now and again.

Later, Ray Parrish

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