newsyslog gone mad

Victor Sudakov vas at
Tue Dec 25 13:39:47 UTC 2018

Dear Colleagues,

On one of my Web servers, newsyslog went mad and sliced up the logs into
hundreds of thousands of small files like


Most of those files are one- or two-liners only with 

Nov  1 00:00:00 www2 newsyslog[8804]: logfile turned over
Dec  1 00:00:00 www2 newsyslog[72418]: logfile turned over

in them.

What was that? 

Here is the relevant line from /etc/newsyslog.conf:
/usr/home/www/*/logs/*                 644  24    *    @01T00 GZ /var/run/

Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
2:5005/49 at fidonet
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