Clarify man page description of -f option (patch attached)

Bug #902628 reported by jimav on 2011-12-10
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
util-linux (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The man page description of the logger -f option is a little unclear. It might be interpreted to mean that logging will be sent to the specified file instead of the logging daemon (actually -f specifies a file containing the message to be logged).

Here (attached) is a patch to the man page which clarifies this.

logger is part of package bsdutils.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: bsdutils 1:2.19.1-2ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-13.22-generic 3.0.6
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-13-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat Dec 10 12:45:41 2011
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release amd64 (20111012)
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: util-linux
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

jimav (james-avera) wrote :

The attachment "Patch for logger.1 man page to clarify -f option" of this bug report has been identified as being a patch. The ubuntu-reviewers team has been subscribed to the bug report so that they can review the patch. In the event that this is in fact not a patch you can resolve this situation by removing the tag 'patch' from the bug report and editing the attachment so that it is not flagged as a patch. Additionally, if you are member of the ubuntu-reviewers team please also unsubscribe the team from this bug report.

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tags: added: patch
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

Thank you for providing a patch for this bug report. This particular package comes from Debian and as the bug is not a critical one it would be quite helpful if you were to forward the patch to the Debian bug tracker. You can learn more about how to use the Debian bug tracker at After you've forwarded the bug report and patch please add a bug watch, following the procedure at, so we can track the progress of the upstream bug report.

Changed in util-linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low

In bsdutils 1:2.20.1-1ubuntu3 (Precise), the man page now says:

     -f, --file file
              Log the contents of the specified file. This option cannot be
              combined with a command-line message.

Looks like this was changed upstream:

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