My access log file takeing more than 100 Go can i delete safely the access log file Could i delete it as root ? Can other users access to this file after recreating it ?

  • Make it empty: echo '' > /var/log/nginx/access.log
    – Cyborg
    Mar 17 '20 at 15:43

You can remove access.log as root user, or using sudo.

sudo rm /var/log/nginx/access.log

However after deleting it, the file will not be re-created until nginx is re-loaded or re-started. To reload nginx do:

sudo service nginx reload

To re-size the file to 0 bytes, without having to re-load or re-start nginx, use the truncate command:

sudo truncate --size 0 /var/log/nginx/access.log
  • Without reloading nginx how to empty it ?
    – ben teber
    Aug 24 '19 at 16:37
  • edited post - does that help?
    – suspectus
    Aug 24 '19 at 16:39
  • Yes thanks but can I empty the file without reloading or restarting the server have you any idea ?
    – ben teber
    Aug 24 '19 at 16:42
  • I do have an idea for you - see post
    – suspectus
    Aug 24 '19 at 16:46
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    Will truncating work reliably? In many cases, truncating a file that another process has open will cause it to keep writing at the old position, leaving a huge gap of nulls at the beginning.
    – Barmar
    Aug 27 '19 at 18:07

You should use the standard log rotation utility in Linux to rotate your logs and delete old logs. See man logrotate for more details.

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    This what we do, we rotate nightly.
    – Barmar
    Aug 27 '19 at 18:08

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