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Windows 2K3 or Dell zipping up log files by itself?!?

Posted on 2007-07-25
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**** PLEASE HELP! *****

Recently, our servers started to zip up log (text) files all by itself. No schedule task could be found, no automated task running. Eventhough the extension are *.zip, we can not extract the information from the file to look at the logs.... Does anyone know if this is a feature of Windows 2K3?? or something far more sinister?

All the server is running it Apache/Tomcat and servlets.
The files are around 30MB each and takes up around 200 files in the folder (so around 6GB in th folder).

The servers are Dells 2950 and plenty of space on the drive in question - I had assume it may have been a space-saving feature of windows.
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have you tried renaming them to .txt and checked the log settings if someone didnt change the extension by accident to .zip instead of .log or .txt ?
windows will never zip your logs. This must be a 3rd party app doing it. Which logs are being zipped btw, the apache or windows logs?
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These are logs generated by a third party application. They claim that they do not do any compression of log files. (The third party vendor is Genesys - A Contact Center Software Provider)

Changing the file extension to see if your first assumption was the first thing we tried. Looked into the file to see if that was the case, it's all in binary code.

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interesting. what do you use to open the zip files? have you tried the latest winzip or latest winrar? I have seen weird problems with "later" zip compressions on older or 3rd party (un)zip tools.
yet that does not solve your "zip" problem. I can assure you its not windows causing this but the application that makes these logs.
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Update:

We have been able to unzip with Winzip (we could not open them using the native windows zip).

Although we can see the zip... I'm wondering if there is anyway to monitor what is performing the zip? Any monitoring tools out there to monitor the directory for processes performing the action?
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you could try this tool, but it will give you a bulk of information
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/processmonitor.mspx
Its combined regmon and filemon. If you can find an older copy of filemon, that should work too. yet still give you a bulk of info as it only checks the full system, cannot specify a folder.
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Thanks for your help... we've found that it was the third party vendor (or some other Apache/Tomcat library) causing the files to zip...
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