Log Rotation

I hate log rotation. It’s a pain to configure on my FreeBSD server. Just look at newsyslog.conf. That, and my experiences of the utter non-portability of log rotation programs between different Unixes have led me to believe that programs should probably handle their own log rotation. It just makes life easier having one less thing to integrate with the Operating System.

So, I’ve switched my Apache over to using cronolog in order to get date based logfiles automatically. I’ve used it on a project at work recently and it really works a treat.

I also noticed that PostgreSQL has grown the ability to take care of its own log files in recent versions. So I’ve switched that to doing date based logging with automatic rotation as well. Lovely.

All is not perfect of course. Oh no, that would be far too simple. There’s still the issue of removing old logfiles and/or compressing them. But that seems to be a smaller integration problem.

Of course the trigger for all this activity was finding a 220Mb access_log lying around. Doh!

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