Today I had a machine of which the /var/log/messages was drowning in DEBUG and TRACE messages from the spring framerwork used by Tomcat. To prevent the partition from running full I made a temporary workaround until our programmer disabled the extensive debugging. I found this sort of lines in /var/log/messages:

May 21 03:38:54 tomcatserver current: 03:38:54.431 [XNIO-3 I/O-3] TRACE org.xnio.nio.selector - Selected on sun.nio.ch.EPollSelectorImpl@15e3ed9
May 21 03:38:54 tomcatserver current: 03:38:54.431 [XNIO-3 task-15] TRACE org.xnio.safe-close - Closing resource io.undertow.servlet.core.ServletBlockingHttpExchange@3168bcd7
May 21 03:38:54 tomcatserver current: 03:38:54.431 [XNIO-3 I/O-3] TRACE org.xnio.nio.selector - Beginning select on sun.nio.ch.EPollSelectorImpl@15e3ed9 (with timeout)
May 21 03:38:54 tomcatserver current: 03:38:54.433 [XNIO-3 I/O-3] TRACE org.xnio.nio.selector - Selected on sun.nio.ch.EPollSelectorImpl@15e3ed9
May 21 03:38:54 tomcatserver current: 03:38:54.434 [XNIO-3 I/O-3] TRACE org.xnio.nio.selector - Selected key sun.nio.ch.SelectionKeyImpl@e68ade3 for java.nio.channels.SocketChannel[connected oshut local=/164.35.83.148:9000 remote=/10.68.64.38:45856]
May 21 03:38:54 tomcatserver current: 03:38:54.434 [XNIO-3 I/O-3] TRACE org.xnio.listener - Invoking listener io.undertow.util.ConnectionUtils$4@1d0ccab7 on channel org.xnio.conduits.ConduitStreamSourceChannel@56407229
May 21 03:38:54 tomcatserver current: 03:38:54.434 [XNIO-3 I/O-3] TRACE org.xnio.nio - Cancelling key sun.nio.ch.SelectionKeyImpl@e68ade3 of java.nio.channels.SocketChannel[connected oshut local=/164.35.83.148:9000 remote=/10.68.64.38:45856] (same thread)
May 21 03:38:54 tomcatserver current: 03:38:54.434 [XNIO-3 I/O-3] TRACE org.xnio.listener - Invoking listener io.undertow.server.AbstractServerConnection$CloseSetter@788b3120 on channel org.xnio.nio.NioSocketStreamConnection@5ab7faac

/etc/rsyslog.d/tomcat_silencer.conf

if $programname == 'current' then ~

Where current is the name of the application that is spamming. You could also use a filter for DEBUG and TRACE messages if you like.

:msg, contains, "DEBUG" ~
:msg, contains, "TRACE" ~

Either way after you adapt the config of syslog restart and optionally run a logrotate

service rsyslog restart
logrotate --force /etc/logrotate.d/syslog