I think I figured out the problem
with MRTG and the
missing log files.
You see, when I installed the operating system, one of the optional
packages to install was MRTG. So I decided to install it. But unbeknownst to me
(and totally unconfigured mind you) as part of the installation, it
was already added to
cron but not as part of the file you get
when you run
crontab -e (because you know, just by the act of
installing the software you must want to use it immediately, even
if it isn't fully configured yet, right?).
So every five minutes, two copies of the software were being
So no wonder the log files were getting munged.
You'd think that after ten years of Unix administration I'd get the hang
of things, but nooooooo! I guess I still expect to have to configure
packages and add them manually to
cron if I want them.
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