Trying to configure logrotate for 10 daily rotation in my dump folder I have 11 rotations (mydump.sql, mydump.sql.1 ... mydump.sql.11), why?

This is my logrotate configuration file in /etc/logrotate.d/ (I'm running Ubuntu server 12.4 LTS with logrotate 3.7.8):

/home/alepac/dumps/mydump.sql {
    rotate 10
        mysqldump -u alepac -pThisIsNotMyPwd myDatabase > /home/alepac/dumps/mydump.sql
        rsync -avz --partial --delete /home/alepac/dumps/ my-remote-server.no-ip.biz:/home/alepac/db-backups/dbs/customer/ > /tmp/rsync.stdout 2> /tmp/rsync.stderr

For better explaination, I'm rotating the dumps of a mysql database; I'm doing the dump on prerotate, then I rotate and sync the dump dir with remote machine using rsync on postrotate. Finally the create options makes a new zero sized dump to ensure next rotation.

  • Do you have current +10 or current +11 ?
    – user9517
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 7:47
  • @latin current +11, I edited the question for better understanding
    – Alepac
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 7:54
  • This doesn't seem to be a good way to do MySQL backups. Why are you reinventing the wheel? Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 12:53
  • @Michael could you suggest another way to do the same (save db dumps of last 10 days to a remote location with a bad connection)
    – Alepac
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 13:23

1 Answer 1


The problem is caused by rsync. The postrotate script is executed before removing the old log files so in the remote location I always have the mydump.sql.11 file. Moreover if postscript fails (e.g. whene there is a network problem rsync will fail) then the remaining actions are not executed and so the logrotate doesn't remove mydump.sql.11 file.

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