opensuse 42.2 systemd varnishlog.service fails to start after system reboot

Admin Beckspaced admin at
Thu Aug 10 08:40:50 CEST 2017

On 09.08.2017 17:36, Dridi Boukelmoune wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 4:46 PM, Admin Beckspaced <admin at> wrote:
>> Hello Varnish Community,
>> I'm running an openSUSE 42.2 server with varnish 5.1.2
> Update to 5.1.3, your Varnish instance can be DoS'd remotely!
>> For me it looks like that varnishlog.service is waiting for varnish.service
>> to start and the varnish.service seems to take a bit long to start up?
> Correct.
>> Is there a systemd service option to wait for a few seconds before starting
>> varnishlog.service
>> something like a delayed start of the service?
> Not a systemd option, but you can use the `-t` option in varnishncsa
> or varnishlog to increase the timeout (defaults to 5s).
>> VARNISHLOG_PARAMS="-f /etc/varnish/varnishncsa-log-format-string -a -w
>> /var/log/varnish/varnish.log"
> This is where you want to add a timeout option. See man varnishncsa.
> Cheers,
> Dridi
Just to report back on the startup issue ...

added the timeout option to the startup via '-t 30'
and after a system reboot systemctl status reports

cx40:~ # systemctl status varnishlog.service
● varnishlog.service - Varnish log generator
    Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/varnishlog.service; enabled; 
vendor preset: disabled)
    Active: active (running) since Thu 2017-08-10 08:35:19 CEST; 1min 
35s ago
  Main PID: 1145 (varnishncsa)
     Tasks: 1 (limit: 512)
    CGroup: /system.slice/varnishlog.service
            └─1145 /usr/sbin/varnishncsa -t 30 -f 
/etc/varnish/varnishncsa-log-format-string -a -w 
/var/log/varnish/varnish.log -P /var/run/

Aug 10 08:35:19 cx40 systemd[1]: Started Varnish log generator.
Aug 10 08:35:19 cx40 varnishncsa[1145]: Cannot open log - retrying for 
30 seconds
Aug 10 08:35:28 cx40 varnishncsa[1145]: Log opened

so ... all has worked out fine ;)

Thanks & greetings

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