"Show Log" question off a Cisco Router

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Apr 16th, 2009

So this is probably a very easy question and I've done some searching on the net but can't seem to find an answer.

Does anyone know what the asterisks * means when in front of any given log entry?

I noticed that some log entries have them, yet some don't.


*Apr 16 10:53:14.454 EDT: %PIM-5-DRCHG: DR change from neighbor to on interface GigabitEthernet0/1

*Apr 16 11:07:19.002 EDT: %CLEAR-5-COUNTERS: Clear counter on all interfaces by localadmin on vty0 (

Apr 16 17:21:40.949 EDT: %PIM-5-NBRCHG: neighbor DOWN on interface GigabitEthernet0/1 non DR

Apr 16 17:21:53.494 EDT: %PIM-5-NBRCHG: neighbor UP on interface GigabitEthernet0/1

I know it's meaningless but I'm curious. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.


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Leo Laohoo Thu, 04/16/2009 - 18:05

Yes. It means that during the time, your clock was not synchronized to an authoritative source.

mortonjes Thu, 04/16/2009 - 19:44

Thanks for the reply but wouldnt the routers own clock be an authoritative source?

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Leo Laohoo Thu, 04/16/2009 - 19:59

Depends on the router. New generations of routers, 1800, 2800, 3800, have built-in clocks. Older ones don't.

Joseph W. Doherty Fri, 04/17/2009 - 03:31

"Thanks for the reply but wouldnt the routers own clock be an authoritative source? "

Probably not unless you define the device as a NTP master.


BTW, often overlooked, you can sync the on-board clock (not just the running clock) to NTP. (Helps insure more accurate time logging during boot and until sync'ed with an external time source.)


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