The Global Logger trace log may grow and exhaust all the disk space on a Windows XP-based computer

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SYMPTOMS

You enable the Global Logger trace session on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer to capture the activity of the Windows kernel, drivers, and other trace providers during the Windows startup process. However, the Global Logger trace log may grow and exhaust all the disk space on the computer.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because there is no option to limit the size of the Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) trace log. The program that enables global logging must programmatically stop the logging.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Ntkrnlmp.exe5.1.2600.17631,900,54419-Oct-200523:41x86SP1SP1QFE
Ntkrnlpa.exe5.1.2600.17631,955,84019-Oct-200523:41x86SP1SP1QFE
Ntkrpamp.exe5.1.2600.17631,928,70419-Oct-200523:41x86SP1SP1QFE
Ntoskrnl.exe5.1.2600.17632,040,83220-Oct-200500:14x86SP1SP1QFE
Ntkrnlmp.exe5.1.2600.27802,136,06420-Oct-200500:04x86SP2SP2QFE
Ntkrnlpa.exe5.1.2600.27802,057,34419-Oct-200511:05x86SP2SP2QFE
Ntkrpamp.exe5.1.2600.27802,015,23219-Oct-200523:35x86SP2SP2QFE
Ntoskrnl.exe5.1.2600.27802,180,09620-Oct-200500:06x86SP2SP2QFE

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

This hotfix includes an option to specify the maximum size of the trace log by setting a MaxFileSize registry value. If the program does not programmatically stop ETW tracing, the trace log grows to the size that is specified by the MaxFileSize registry value. When the size of the ETW trace log reaches the size that is specified by the MaxFileSize value, ETW tracing stops automatically. The MaxFileSize value is specified in megabytes (MB).

After you apply the hotfix, specify the maximum size of the trace log by setting a MaxFileSize registry value. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\WMI\GlobalLogger
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  4. Type MaxFileSize, and then press ENTER.
  5. Double-click MaxFileSize, type the size of the trace log that you want in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  6. Quit Registry Editor.
For more information about how to log to the Global Logger session, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms797174.aspx
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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Article ID: 909547 - Last Review: October 9, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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