rsyslog won't start with upstart on chromebook

Bug #1390962 reported by Ferry Toth on 2014-11-09
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rsyslog (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

On utopic (14.10) I have the following probllem:
Each time I reboot rsyslogd is not running.

#lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 14.10
Release: 14.10
#uname -a
Linux chromium 3.17.2-031702-generic #201410301416 SMP Thu Oct 30 18:18:02 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
#apt-cache policy rsyslog
  Geïnstalleerd: 7.4.4-1ubuntu11
  Kandidaat: 7.4.4-1ubuntu11
 *** 7.4.4-1ubuntu11 0
        500 utopic/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

When I do:
#sudo service syslog start

the system responds that the service is already running. However using:
#ps -ef | grep syslog

shows that there is no such procesa.

When doing:
#sudo service syslog restart

the (non-existing service) is stopped and started and runs normally.

Finally (after many frustrating hours) I found the following line in /var/log/upstart/rsyslog:
ERROR: Could not determine network interfaces, you must use a interfaces config line

 I suddenly realized old problems in the past getting smbd started before the network becomes available. Appearantly that is the case here as well. So I went ahead and changed /etc/init/rsyslog.conf (copied the line from /etc/init/smbd.conf):

#sudo servicestart on filesystem
start on (local-filesystems and net-device-up)

Now rsyslogd starts properly.

Note that a chromebook has no ethernet port, only wifi.

I have no idea if this is the optimal start on event.

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