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Old 03-12-2004, 12:39 PM   #1
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Question syslog dump/clear/erase/de-bloat/wipe

My syslog file is 22 MB in just a matter of days. When opening the file with a viewer it will take minutes just to load. When this occurs, I select All, delete, and save.

My question is, can this be done automatically?

Thanks in advance!
Old 03-12-2004, 06:33 PM   #2
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"My question is, can this be done automatically?"

Yes. Use the logrotate function. You can find out how the logrotate command works with:
man logrotate

I do not know where mandrake keeps their logrotate script. You can probably find it with:
find /etc -iname "*logrotate*"

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

Steve Stites


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