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Old 06-04-2001, 04:40 PM   #1
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I want a script that will allow me to either completely
empty the contents of
various log files or perhaps save only the previous days entries and erase all older entries.
I thought I remember reading having to do something about the various demons that wrote to those log files before you
could operate on them,
but I can't remember where I might have read it, nor can I remember the details.
I know experienced sysadmins do this kind of thing all the time in cron, but I'm a newbie just learning, so help would
be much appreciated.

Doug Robson
Old 06-04-2001, 07:44 PM   #2
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First read the man page on logrotate.

I am not much of a programer, but the below script is a hack at doing what it sounds like you want. Just change it to suit your needs and put it in a cront job.

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#set defaults
# Set date & time stamp

date=`date|cut -c5-11,25-|sed 's/\([0-9]\{1,2\}\)/\1,/'`
time=`date +"%D"|sed 's/0//'`
time2=`date +%d/%b/%Y`
cat /var/log/messages|grep INVADING|grep "$time"> /var/log/test.log
cat /var/log/httpd/access_log|grep "$time2">> /var/log/test.log
# Control File Size
big=`ls -l /var/log/test.log |awk '{print $5}'`

if [ "$big" -gt 600 ]
echo "test log is $big in size as of `date +"%D %T"`" | mail -s "Test HTML log File `date +"%D %T"`" root

tar cfz /var/log/test.log.tar.gz /var/log/test.log
sleep 2
mv /var/log/test.log.tar.gz /var/log/test.log.tar.gz.`date +%Y.%m.%d`
sleep 2
#mv /var/log/test.log.tar.gz* /var/log/OLD/
ls -lh /var/log/test* | mail -s "Test HTML log File `date +"%D %T"`" root
#ls -lh /var/log/OLD/test*| mail -s "Test HTML log File `date +"%D %T"`" root

echo "Test HTML log file is good at $big"| mail -s "Test HTML log File is good at $big on `date +"%D %T"`" root


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