Jay Guerette JayGuerette@pobox.com
Thu, 20 Dec 2001 08:33:32 -0500 (EST)

>> what is the purpose of ---MARK---?  I know it just fills up my logs,
>> but I never really understood why I'd want that ...
>> Suggestions?  What do other people use it for?
> you can use it to test if your logging daemon is operational, even if
> nothing gets logged. Other than that, it can come in quite handy when
> manually parsing through logs, because you can easily skip a bunch of
> lines (same can be done by searching for date/time, but that's more ty-
> ping) ...

Out of paranoia, I used to run a daemon that would check the logs for the
mark. This way, I knew logging was still functional. It paid off once when
syslog(not ng) mysteriously died.