conf/173857: Mistake in newsyslog.conf

Matt Smith matt at
Fri Nov 23 09:40:01 UTC 2012

>Number:         173857
>Category:       conf
>Synopsis:       Mistake in newsyslog.conf
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Nov 23 09:40:00 UTC 2012
>Originator:     Matt Smith
>Release:        9.1-RC3
FreeBSD 9.1-RC3 FreeBSD 9.1-RC3 #0 r242431M: Thu Nov  1 17:49:06 GMT 2012     root at  amd64
Discussed in forum here:

I believe there is a mistake in the /etc/newsyslog.conf. The line for rotating the weekly.log has a 1 in the size field where I believe this should be a *. This results in the reason for the log rotation always being because size <1K whereas because it's a log that's designed to be rotated weekly shouldn't this be based on the when clause rather than the size as the daily and monthly ones are?

I apologise if this is done intentionally for some reason, but it seems odd to me and somebody on the forum agreed and so I have filed a PR.
Enable the weekly.log in periodic.conf and observe when it gets rotated and the reason for the rotation given at the top of the log file.
Change the 1 under the size field for the weekly.log to a *

Patch attached with submission follows:

--- newsyslog.conf.old	2012-11-23 09:28:33.000000000 +0000
+++ newsyslog.conf	2012-11-23 09:28:42.000000000 +0000
@@ -34,5 +34,5 @@
 /var/log/security			600  10	   100	*     JC
 /var/log/			640  10	   *	168   B
 /var/log/utx.log			644  3	   *	@01T05 B
-/var/log/weekly.log			640  5	   1	$W6D0 JN
+/var/log/weekly.log			640  5	   *	$W6D0 JN
 /var/log/xferlog			600  7	   100	*     JC


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