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Old 05-20-2008
Question fetchmail - log file size limitation

Hi,

I am using fetchmail in my application so as to download mails to the localhost where the application is hosted from the mailserver.Fetchmail is configured as as to run as a daemon polling mails during an interval of 1sec.

So my concern here is, during each 2sec it is writing two lines to fetchmail.log - the associated log file

So in longer run, the size of the log file will grow big which may create a space issue in the linux server since it is in shared environment.

I tried using some split,tail commands to limit the lines,but if i apply those logics,fetchmail stops writing to that log file, means interruption is not effective.

Can anyone please help me to sort this out ?

Regards
Dileep
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Old 05-20-2008
How about creating a new log file every week ? The old logfiles can be archived in a tar file, if at all they are needed.

Another way is to stop the daemon , for 2 minutes till you chomp the log file, and restart it again.But I guess the first method is better.
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Old 05-20-2008
Java

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Originally Posted by nua7
How about creating a new log file every week ? The old logfiles can be archived in a tar file, if at all they are needed.

Another way is to stop the daemon , for 2 minutes till you chomp the log file, and restart it again.But I guess the first method is better.
Concept is fine.But what about creating a new logfile or archiving the old log files while the fetchmail is running in daemon and polling in every second?

This may be possible, but i have to write the code in a conditional block in the application script itself so as to stop the daemon and restart it again after doing the log archive operation....But i am looking for more efficient one, if you dont mind.
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Old 05-20-2008
Read "Useful options for daemon mode" in the fetchmail manual page. Manual Page - fetchmail(man)
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Old 05-20-2008
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Originally Posted by era
Read "Useful options for daemon mode" in the fetchmail manual page. Manual Page - fetchmail(man)
Thanks for the reference.So as it states the only way to furnish my requirement is to stop and restart fetchmail,right.

oh!Anybody having any other logical ways can let me know...Anyway thanks for all your repsonse
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Old 05-20-2008
If you really want to avoid restarting the daemon, then your script can ask the daemon to point to some other temprary log file for a particular time of week like sunday 9.00 AM to Sunday 10.00 AM.

You can then archive or chomp the actual log files between this time. This can be done by another script , which can be put in cron.

But on a personal note, stopping and restaring the daemon is much eaiser, unless you are pretty sure that some important information might be lost during the timeframe, you would be refreshing the logfiles.
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Old 05-20-2008
Java

Quote:
Originally Posted by nua7
If you really want to avoid restarting the daemon, then your script can ask the daemon to point to some other temprary log file for a particular time of week like sunday 9.00 AM to Sunday 10.00 AM.

You can then archive or chomp the actual log files between this time. This can be done by another script , which can be put in cron.

But on a personal note, stopping and restaring the daemon is much eaiser, unless you are pretty sure that some important information might be lost during the timeframe, you would be refreshing the logfiles.
fine.I am also thinking about your second option, restarting the daemon.But may i know how you can furnish the first option-make the daemon point to temp file for a particular period?

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