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My log files are in the format "2011-03-28.log.php". Log files are created every day. I want to keep 5 days log and rest I want to remove it, which means only 5 log files will be kept and rest everything will be deleted.

Is it possible using Linux logrotate ?

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Sure. Look at the rotate option in the config file.

If you set it to rotate daily, and keep 5 files, then it will only keep the last 5 long files. Also, since your file name changes, look at the wildcard section of the above man page.

You can also do this.

find /pathtologs/* -mtime +5 -exec rm {} \;

This will delete anything with a modification time of longer then 5 days.

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I am aware of find, but the same is it possible through logrotate ? – Supratik Apr 6 '11 at 8:12
Looks to be. Can't say for sure as I have not done it. But from reading the man page, posted above, you can do it. – Porch Apr 6 '11 at 18:02

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