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[Local2_sudo:notice] syslog entries - A LOT of them

I see the following type of entries in /mlog/messages being added every 4 seconds.  Is this just the cost of doing ONTAP (8.3.2P9) or is there a need for concern/attention?

00000013.00356fb2 03272696 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:33:28 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.50.82 169.254.236.16
00000013.00356fb3 032726be Thu Apr 27 2017 17:33:32 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.50.82 -D 169.254.236.16
00000013.00356fb4 032726e6 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:33:36 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.50.82 169.254.152.159
00000013.00356fb5 0327270e Thu Apr 27 2017 17:33:40 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.50.82 -D 169.254.152.159
00000013.00356fb6 03272736 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:33:44 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.50.82 169.254.22.57
00000013.00356fb7 0327275f Thu Apr 27 2017 17:33:48 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.50.82 -D 169.254.22.57
00000013.00356fb8 03272787 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:33:52 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.50.82 169.254.179.253
00000013.00356fb9 032727af Thu Apr 27 2017 17:33:56 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.50.82 -D 169.254.179.253
00000013.00356fba 032727d7 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:00 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.50.82 169.254.126.26
00000013.00356fbb 032727ff Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:04 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.50.82 -D 169.254.126.26
00000013.00356fbc 03272827 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:08 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.50.82 169.254.38.53
00000013.00356fc0 03272851 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:12 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.50.82 -D 169.254.38.53
00000013.00356fc2 03272877 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:16 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.50.82 169.254.59.8
00000013.00356fc3 0327289f Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:20 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.50.82 -D 169.254.59.8
00000013.00356fc4 032728c7 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:24 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.50.82 169.254.214.110
00000013.00356fc5 032728f0 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:28 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.50.82 -D 169.254.214.110
00000013.00356fca 03272918 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:33 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.50.82 169.254.124.74
00000013.00356fcb 03272940 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:37 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.50.82 -D 169.254.124.74
00000013.00356fcc 03272968 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:41 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.50.82 169.254.158.155
00000013.00356fcd 03272990 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:45 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.50.82 -D 169.254.158.155
00000013.00356fcf 032729b8 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:49 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.50.82 169.254.98.8
00000013.00356fd0 032729e0 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:53 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.50.82 -D 169.254.98.8
00000013.00356fd1 03272a08 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:34:57 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.98.8 169.254.236.16
00000013.00356fd2 03272a30 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:35:01 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.98.8 -D 169.254.236.16
00000013.00356fd4 03272a59 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:35:05 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.98.8 169.254.152.159
00000013.00356fd5 03272a81 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:35:09 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.98.8 -D 169.254.152.159
00000013.00356fd6 03272aa9 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:35:13 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.98.8 169.254.22.57
00000013.00356fd7 03272ad1 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:35:17 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -s8972 -S169.254.98.8 -D 169.254.22.57
00000013.00356fd8 03272af9 Thu Apr 27 2017 17:35:21 -04:00 [local2_sudo:notice] root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.98.8 169.254.179.253

Re: [Local2_sudo:notice] syslog entries - A LOT of them

I have no idea why its doing that... 

 

4294967293 = your Cluster Vserver-ID 

the IP seems to be all Cluster interconnect private IP (so no major reason for concern)

 

seems like its just sending 5 ICMP packets to each cluster lif.

here is a sample output of the command..

 

% /sbin/vcontext -v 4294967293 /sbin/ping -i0.2 -n -c5 -S169.254.153.190 169.254.224.190
PING 169.254.224.190 (169.254.224.190) from 169.254.153.190: 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 169.254.224.190: icmp_seq=0 ttl=255 time=0.123 ms
64 bytes from 169.254.224.190: icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 time=0.110 ms
64 bytes from 169.254.224.190: icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=0.142 ms
64 bytes from 169.254.224.190: icmp_seq=3 ttl=255 time=0.130 ms
64 bytes from 169.254.224.190: icmp_seq=4 ttl=255 time=0.109 ms

--- 169.254.224.190 ping statistics ---
5 packets transmitted, 5 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 0.109/0.123/0.142/0.012 ms