6.2: maillog grows, newsyslog's misbehaving ?
Garance A Drosihn
drosih at rpi.edu
Tue May 29 21:41:11 UTC 2007
At 1:08 PM +0200 5/28/07, Andreas Klemm wrote:
>discovered that the maillog file on my freebsd Desktop
>grows and grows (now at 50MB).
>According to the newsyslog.conf file it should be trimmed
>every night at midnight.
>/var/log/maillog 640 7 * @T00 JC
>Is it a prerequisite, that the system then runs 24x7 so
>that the newsyslog default settings work ?
As mentioned in the man page for newsyslog.conf :
If a time is specified, the log file will only be trimmed if
newsyslog(8) is run within one hour of the specified time.
You could force a rotate by running newsyslog yourself:
/usr/sbin/newsyslog -F /var/log/maillog
but that would be a one-time fix.
There is a startup file for newsyslog in /etc/rc.d which runs the
program one-time at startup. You could set an alternate value
for the variable 'newsyslog_flags' in your /etc/rc.conf file, and
use that to do the checks you want at startup. This would probably
mean creating a duplicate newsyslog.conf file.
So, to answer your question: Yes, the default settings for
newsyslog.conf do assume that your system is running 24x7.
Garance Alistair Drosehn = gad at gilead.netel.rpi.edu
Senior Systems Programmer or gad at freebsd.org
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute or drosih at rpi.edu
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