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My /var/log/lastlog file is getting mighty huge, and I was wondering how I go about rotating it successfully?
If I ever delete the file, or rename it, or have a logrotate.d file rotate it weekly/daily etc... then I get errors in "/var/log/messages" when logging into the machine that it couldnt properly update lastlog or find it.
The file is sucking down way too many mb, and the server has only been running for three days! I would hate to see how big it gets in a week, or a month of operation.
According to Wikipedia lastlog should NOT be rotated. (search for "lastlog" inthere)
There is no reason to do that, because it's not that big as "ls -l" shows.
Use "ls -sh" to see real space needed on HDD.
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