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Old 05-23-2012, 07:27 PM   #1
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Logrotate - email log about to be rotated


I have been trying for some time now to figure out how to send a log file as an email attachment. I have found how to send files as attachments using mutt: mutt -s "Report Attachment" -a /var/log/rbgaTcp.log < /home/user/messageBody. This string entered in the command line will send the log file located in /var/log, and include the text in the file /home/user/messageBody, in the message body. That is great but what I can't seem to figure out is how to send the log file before it is rotated per the logrotate schedule?

I understand the mail command in the logrotate config file, sample below, will only send mail when a file is rotated out, ie deleted from the system. This is not what I need to do. I have tried putting the mutt string, above, between the firstaction and prerotate options, being sure to end it with endscript. No love. :-( I also put the mutt string in a separate shell script and call that from prerotate, again no love. :-(

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

SAMPLE FILE: (located in /etc/logrotate.d/configFileName)

/var/log/rbgaInternet.log /var/log/rbgaTcp.log /var/log/rbgaUdp.log {
rotate 53
# mutt -s "Report Attachment" -a /var/log/rbgaTcp.log < /home/user/messageBody
create 666

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Old 05-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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Having looked at, a couple of things occur to me:

1. you may need to specify the full path to mutt (like you do for cron jobs)
2. that page says that the script will be run by the /bin/sh shell; have you tested using that shell?
3. This happens every time the logs are rotated; it does not depend on actually reaching a limit of 53 and deleting one; its all about the 'current' logfile...
Old 05-23-2012, 10:25 PM   #3
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Sweet! Thank you chrism01! It looks like all that was needed was the full path to mutt. Now every time the log rotates, using logrotate, I get an e-mail with an attachment of the log file just before it is rotated.

thank you!
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Im using these following script to check my service status, if fails it deliver the error with log




if ps ax | grep -v grep | grep $SERVICE > /dev/null

echo "$SERVICE service running, everything is fine"
echo "$SERVICE is not running"
echo "$SERVICE is not running!" | mail -s "$SERVICE down" $mailid1 $mailid2 < /etc/httpd/logs/error_log


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