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Old 12-06-2004, 02:00 AM   #1
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Mounting /var/log as a tmpfs

I have come to the conclusion that mounting /var/log as a tmpfs would be a really nice idea to save disk access and thus on battery life.

I'm not quite sure how to do this as /var/log would want syncing with the harddisk upon shutdown (ideally).

At the moment I have a 4mb tmpfs mounted as /var/log and that keeps the logs working for as long as the box is on, but then i lose them.

I guess i could run a script on shutdown to copy the logs to /var/oldlog or something... Makes for individual logs each session, and I guess I could tar and bzip them to save some space...

But is there a better way? anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance

Old 12-06-2004, 06:08 PM   #2
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what about exporting all the logs to a remote machine ?
Old 12-06-2004, 09:07 PM   #3
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That's not too attractive, the laptop needs to run independantly of network connections.


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