Huge file size for error.php in /logs ?

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Hello, for some weird reason my website began inflating the error.php file in the logs directory under the joomla root. I mean it's getting constantly really big, I noticed it when it got to 2GB and wasted all my quota... this is unbelievable. How can I investigate this, what could be causing it? Right now I am looking at it and it got to 1MB in just a few minutes. Error Reporting is set to "System default", Debug System and Debug Language are set to "No".

Ah. The error.php file contains.... well... my exported website, as I can see it if I do a "Show source" in the browser. And it seems to be related to the regular access of the website...

Using, on a CentOS 6.5 up to date machine:

PHP Built On Linux ns1.XXXXX.com 2.6.32-431.23.3.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Jul 31 17:20:51 UTC 2014 x86_64
Database Version 5.1.73
Database Collation utf8_general_ci
PHP Version 5.4.16
Web Server Apache
WebServer to PHP Interface cgi-fcgi
Joomla! Version Joomla! 3.3.1 Stable [ Ember ] 11-June-2014 13:30 GMT
Joomla! Platform Version Joomla Platform 13.1.0 Stable [ Curiosity ] 24-Apr-2013 00:00 GMT
User Agent Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:31.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/31.0
user_67227Sun, 24 Aug 2014

OMG it was an extension, from Active Helper, I tested their online help system. Seemed fine to me till now. It made me think that the file is bloated in all my backups, 8 days, but the problem was not present 3-4 weeks ago. And the only thing I did in this time frame was installing this component. I should try to report this somehow... thank you for your interest.

After removing the comeponent and the module the behaviour doesn't occur anymore.

user_67227Sun, 24 Aug 2014

No it still happens

user_67227Sun, 24 Aug 2014

I am the hoster :) but logging should look entirely different... could this be some kind of weird hack?

I disabled the logging in Joomla. Will see if it happens again, but I should probably deal with this another way.

user_56100Sun, 24 Aug 2014

Have you contacted your host? They may have enabled the logging on the server.
Try to set Error Reporting Off instead of System Default.

user_67227Sun, 24 Aug 2014

It contains my website, the pages in HTML, repeated! As stated:

"Ah. The error.php file contains.... well... my exported website, as I can see it if I do a "Show source" in the browser. And it seems to be related to the regular access of the website..."

user_56100Sun, 24 Aug 2014

What does the error log contain? Any repeating lines?

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