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I run rsyslog on Ubuntu server.

after rsyslog starts, it restarts in a loop. here is a piece of /var/log/syslog:

Aug 13 16:05:50 ip-10-92-237-215 rsyslogd: rsyslogd's groupid changed to 103
Aug 13 16:05:50 ip-10-92-237-215 rsyslogd: rsyslogd's userid changed to 101
Aug 13 16:05:51 ip-10-92-237-215 kernel: imklog 5.8.11, log source = /proc/kmsg started.
Aug 13 16:05:51 ip-10-92-237-215 rsyslogd: [origin software="rsyslogd"             swVersion="5.8.11" x-pid="31895" x-info="http://www.rsyslog.com"] start
Aug 13 16:05:51 ip-10-92-237-215 rsyslogd: rsyslogd's groupid changed to 103
Aug 13 16:05:51 ip-10-92-237-215 rsyslogd: rsyslogd's userid changed to 101
Aug 13 16:05:52 ip-10-92-237-215 kernel: imklog 5.8.11, log source = /proc/kmsg started.
Aug 13 16:05:52 ip-10-92-237-215 rsyslogd: [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="5.8.11" x-pid="31907" x-info="http://www.rsyslog.com"] start
Aug 13 16:05:52 ip-10-92-237-215 rsyslogd: rsyslogd's groupid changed to 103
Aug 13 16:05:52 ip-10-92-237-215 rsyslogd: rsyslogd's userid changed to 101
Aug 13 16:05:53 ip-10-92-237-215 kernel: imklog 5.8.11, log source = /proc/kmsg started.
Aug 13 16:05:53 ip-10-92-237-215 rsyslogd: [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="5.8.11" x-pid="31919" x-info="http://www.rsyslog.com"] start
Aug 13 16:05:53 ip-10-92-237-215 rsyslogd: rsyslogd's groupid changed to 103
Aug 13 16:05:53 ip-10-92-237-215 rsyslogd: rsyslogd's userid changed to 101

What could be the problem?

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Please provide ls -la /var/log/syslog and ps aux | grep sys output – september Aug 13 '13 at 17:00

That could be a configuration problem. Try starting rsyslog in configuration check mode:

/path/to/rsyslogd -f/path/to/config-file -N1
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