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Linux 2.6 - man page for savelog (linux section 8)

SAVELOG(8)									       SAVELOG(8)

       savelog - save a log file

       savelog [-m mode] [-u user] [-g group] [-t] [-p] [-c cycle] [-l] [-j] [-J] [-1 .. -9] [-C]
       [-d] [-l] [-r rolldir] [-n] [-q] [-D dateformat] file ...

       The savelog command saves and optionally compresses old copies of files.   Older  versions
       of file are named:


       where  <number>	is  the version number, 0 being the newest.  Version numbers > 0 are com-
       pressed unless -l prevents it.  Version number 0 is not compressed because a process might
       still have file opened for I/O.	Only cycle versions of the file are kept.

       If the file does not exist and -t was given, it will be created.

       For files that do exist and have lengths greater than zero, the following actions are per-

       1)     Version numbered files are cycled.  Version file.2 is moved to version file.3, ver-
	      sion file.1 is moved to version file.2, and so on.  Finally version file.0 is moved
	      to version file.1, and version file is deleted.  Both compressed names  and  uncom-
	      pressed names are cycled, regardless of -l.  Missing version files are ignored.

       2)     The  new	file.1 is compressed unless the -l flag was given.  It is changed subject
	      to the -m, -u, and -g flags.

       3)     The main file is moved to file.0.

       4)     If the -m, -u, -g,  -t, or -p flags are given, then an empty file is  created  sub-
	      ject  to	the  given  flags.   With  the -p flag, the file is created with the same
	      owner, group, and permissions as before.

       5)     The new file.0 is changed subject to the -m, -u, and -g flags.

       -m mode
	      chmod the log files to mode, implies -t

       -u user
	      chown log files to user, implies -t

       -g group
	      chgrp log files to group, implies -t

       -c cycle
	      Save cycle versions of the logfile (default: 7). The cycle count must be	at  least

       -t     touch new logfile into existence

       -l     don't compress any log files (default: do compress)

       -p     preserve owner, group, and permissions of logfile

       -j     compress with bzip2 instead of gzip

       -J     compress with xz instead of gzip

	      For  xz no strength option is set, and xz decides on the default based on the total
	      amount of physical RAM. Note that xz can use a very large amount of memory for  the
	      higher compression levels.

       -1 .. -9
	      compression strength or memory usage (default: 9, except for xz)

       -C     force cleanup of cycled logfiles

       -d     use standard date for rolling

       -D dateformat
	      override date format, in the form of [MMDDhhmm[[CC]YY][.ss]]

       -r     use rolldir instead of . to roll files

       -n     do not rotate empty files

       -q     be quiet

       If a process is still writing to file.0, and savelog moves it to file.1 and compresses it,
       data could be lost.


Debian					   30 Jun 2010				       SAVELOG(8)

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