Is Apache rotatelogs efficienct for real world use?

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Wed Oct 3 08:48:28 PDT 2007

Olivier Nicole wrote:
>> Is Apache rotatelogs suitable for handling large volumes of
>> access logs, i.e. around 50K requests per hour at _peak_ time which is
>> 1.2M requests per day.  According to Apache website
>> ( this becomes
>> about 120MB in size per day.
> In another setting (few hits, buts hundreds of sites, rotatelogs means
> one process per site, while newsyslog is only one process when it is
> needed. The last log to rotate sending the appropriate signale to
> Apache.

That's a fine point to mention.

However, if you're running a bunch of domains using virtual hosts on one 
Apache instance, then you can just combine them into a single output logfile, 
have just one rotatelogs instance, feed that through rDNS lookups, and then 
feed them into a splitter per site or just use a webanalyser which is 
vhosts-aware and generates separate reports for each vhost....


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