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Old 06-22-2009, 03:58 AM   #1
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logrotate doesnt not rotate properly

Dear friends,

I have the following logrotate configuration in /etc/logrotate.d/maillog

/var/log/maillog {
rotate 5

, so i did a debug run with the following command:

1st rotate) logrotate -f -s -d /etc/logrotate.d/maillog

The first rotate works fine with the following results in /var/log:
maillog.1 (note: original maillog is missing)

2nd rotate) logrotate -f -s -d /etc/logrotate.d/maillog

The error says:
error: stat of /var/log/maillog failed: No such file or directory

apparently because the original maillog file has been replaced with maillog.1.

but based on the
during a rotate, the original maillog will be replaced by maillog.1 by the original does not remove.

so my understanding the content of /var/log folder should be:
before rotate: maillog
first rotate: maillog maillog.1
2nd rotate: maillog maillog.2 maillog.3
3rd rotate maillog maillog.2 maillog.3 maillog.4
and on and on.....till rotate no 5 it gets roll over again.

However my configuration above now is working incrrectly as below:
before rotate: maillog
first rotate: maillog.1
2nd rotate: failed because "error: stat of /var/log/maillog failed: No such file or directory"

anyone knows what went wrong in my configuration?
All i want to achieve is a rotation on a daily basis, so that i have each log file containning only 1 day of log records, day by day, easy for analysis. Rotate for 7 days then replace again.
I couldnt achive it because of the above problem, hope anyone can point out my mistake.

Old 06-22-2009, 04:56 AM   #2
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There is probably nothing wrong.
The log-files are created when written to.
You removed the logfile by rotating it.
If nothing was written to the maillog before you tried to rotate it again - it is not there.

man logrotate

There are options like:
postrotate - which can take care of i.e. reloading the logger after the logfiles have been rotated.
My (the default) config for syslog-ng looks like this:
/var/log/messages {
        /etc/init.d/syslog-ng reload > /dev/null 2>&1 || true

Last edited by jomen; 06-22-2009 at 05:01 AM.
Old 06-22-2009, 05:26 AM   #3
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yea thats true i hope its work.


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