logrotate is designed to ease administration of systems that generate large numbers of log files. It allows automatic rotation, compression, removal, and mailing of log files. Each log file may be handled daily, weekly, monthly, or when it grows too large.

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Rotate logs of a dumb non-interactive application

Ubuntu 10.4 Server. I have a dumb non-interactive legacy service which is running constantly on my server. It is writing its log to a file with fixed name (/var/log/something.log). It does not ...
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How to rotate log based on an interval unless log exceeds a certain size?

From the man page of logrotate: minsize size Log files are rotated when they grow bigger than size bytes, but not before the additionally specified time interval (daily, weekly, monthly, ...
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logrotate daily and size?

If a logrotate config is specified with "size" and "daily" parameters, which one takes precedence? Where is this documented? I would like these rotations to occur as a boolean OR operation, ie, if the ...
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logrotate not rotating the logs

I have this logrotate config and I am running on Ubuntu 10.04. /var/log/mysql/mysql-slow.log { daily rotate 3 compress notifempty missingok create 660 mysql adm postrotate ...
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Grepping through .gz log files

Does there exist a magical shell piping which would allow easily to grep through bunch of .gz log files without needing to extract them somewhere? .gz files are Apache logs, result of log rotation. I'...
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nginx logging to access.log.1 instead of access.log, logrotate failing?

I have an nginx instance that is set to log access to /var/log/nginx/access.log and errors to /var/log/nginx/errors.log, but as soon as logrotate runs each week, the file gets moves to *.log.1 and the ...
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logrotate cron job not rotating certain logs

I added two scripts in "logrotate.d" directory for my application logs to be rotated. This is the config for one of them: <myLogFilePath> { compress copytruncate delaycompress dateext ...
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Logrotate configuration for httpd (CentOS)

I'm running Apache 2.2.3 on CentOS 5.5 and just noticed the following logrotate postrotate configuration in /etc/logrotate.d/httpd: postrotate /sbin/service httpd reload > /dev/null 2>/dev/null ...
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How can I monitor what logrotate is doing?

How can I monitor what logrotate is doing in Ubuntu? Can the activity of logrotate be monitored?
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logrotating files in a directories and its subdirectories

Is it possible to get logrotate to consider logfiles in a directory and all its subdirectories? (i.e. without explicitly listing the subdirectories.)
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Equivalent of logrotate on OSX

Is logrotate hiding somewhere on OSX, or is there an equivalent? It's not in /usr/sbin.
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How does logrotate exactly handle “daily”?

Judging by the timestamps on my systems, logrotate does its daily log rotation when logrotate is run by cron. However, if I run it earlier than that it doesn't rotate the files. How does logrotate ...
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Logrotate does not remove old logs

for some reason the old log files are not deleted. Example with apache What the conf file says: $ cat /etc/logrotate.d/apache2 /var/log/apache2/*.log { weekly missingok rotate 2 ...
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MySQL doesn't logs error to new file after rotating?

Problem solved but I'm writing down for the future reference. /root/.my.cnf [mysqladmin] user = root password = pa$$w0rd /etc/logrotate.d/mysql /var/log/mysql-slow.log /var/log/...
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Mongodb - proper way to rotate logs

Mongo docs say that I can: use -SIGUSR1 signal and get the old log renamed and current switched use logrotate from OS I want the OS's logrotate ability to zip old files and remove oldest, but see ...
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Is there any alternate to logrotate for apache logs?

I need an alternate for rotating logs on my server, everytime logrotate runs apache goes down for like 10-20 minutes, i'm not sure if this is right, but don't seem right for me. Is there any ...
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How do you rotate apache logs on windows without interrupting service?

I administrate a Windows Server 2003 (Standard Edition, 32-bit) installation running Apache2 and ColdFusion. The server has over 100 virtual hosts, each with an access log and an error log. I've been ...
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Benefits of log rotation

I have been using logrotation for years and never thought too much of it being a problem until I came across a question on stackoverflow (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1508734/disable-java-log-...
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Why is logrotate causing Apache to seg fault each time?

Every time logrotate runs Apache/2.4.7 (Ubuntu) experiences a seg fault and does not restart: [Wed Sep 10 06:35:54.266018 2014] [mpm_event:notice] [pid 20599:tid 140630283466624] AH00493: SIGUSR1 ...
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Logrotate Successful, original file goes back to original size

Has anyone had any issues with logrotate before that causes a log file to get rotated and then go back to the same size it originally was? Here's my findings: Logrotate Script: /var/log/mylogfile....
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logrotate security

Are there any concerns about the security of logrotate running as root? Had someone ask couldn't a malicious user subvert the config to overwrite anything? Is is okay to run logrotate out of the ...
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Log rotate log from standard out

I have a program which takes an argument to allow extra debug from a piece of hardware we use. The log is just written to standard out so normally we just pipe the standard out to a file i.e. ./...
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Preventing logrotate's dateext from overwriting files

I'm working with a system where I would like to use the dateext function of logrotate (or some other way) to add the date to a logfile when it is rotated. However in this system it is important that ...
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Making logrotate remove old logs after reducing 'rotate' value

I'm trying to reduce the number of log files kept for Apache by reducing 'rotate 52' in /etc/logrotate.d/apache2 to 'rotate 8'. With weekly rotation this should keep 2 months of logs instead of a full ...
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Apache access log rotation

I think my system is using logrotate for rotating logs including httpd logs The "current" files is logged here /var/log/httpd/ but I only see the last 5 days(I think) But how can I find where ...