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I'm running apache - and my log files are growing huge.. what's the exact command i need to do to start a new log file everyday? I'd like a 2 month rotation schedule... any help is much appreciated thanks!
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by:hernst42
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The logfile- rotation is typical done by external scripts like logrotate. Which OS are you using ??
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by:andreni78
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Win2k3
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by:ramazanyich
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Apache has special program rotatelogs in $apache_root/bin directory.
Usage: ./rotatelogs <logfile> <rotation time in seconds> [offset minutes from UTC] or <rotation size in megabytes>

Add this:

TransferLog "|./rotatelogs /some/where 86400"

or

TransferLog "|./rotatelogs /some/where 5M"

to httpd.conf. The generated name will be /some/where.nnnn where nnnn is the
system time at which the log nominally starts (N.B. if using a rotation time,
the time will always be a multiple of the rotation time, so you can synchronize
cron scripts with it). At the end of each rotation time or when the file size
is reached a new log is started.
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that directive should work fine with apache 1.3 and 2 right? just add it anywhere in the httpd.conf?
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by:ramazanyich
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Yes it is included into both Apache1.3 and 2.0
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i tried that directive... doesn't seem to work.. i tried renaming the log file to different files to see if it creates new files.. it doesn't... hmmm
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i tried both transferlog and customlog
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ramazanyich earned 1000 total points
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Could you send your directoves which you tried ?
As you are working on Windows I I suggest to use full pathnames. Eg.,
CustomLog "|c:/apache/bin/rotatelogs c:/apache/logs/access.localhost.log 100" combined
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by:prof666
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Hemst42,

Take a look at cronolog

http://cronolog.org/

As this can be set to rotate apache logs on a daily basis.

Da Prof
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BEAUTIFUL.. RAMAZANYICH.. it works!! Thanks!!!!
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