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Old 10-09-2009
compress the log files

I have an application which creates the logs in a date wise.

Now my requirement is to compress all the log files and keep only last 5 days compressed logfiles always.

For ex:
If today is 10/09/2009 ( mm/dd/yyyy)
then my log directory ( /var/log/appn) should looks like, 


I tried to get it done using logrotate, but I couldn't.

It is really thankful, if you give, even some other mechanism to compress and keep only last 5 days logs.
# 2  
Old 10-09-2009
# 3  
Old 10-09-2009
Before logrotate

-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:46 tomcat_access_log.2009-10-01.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:46 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-30.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:46 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-29.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:46 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-28.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:46 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-27.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:46 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-26.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:46 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-25.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:46 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-24.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:46 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-23.log

content of /etc/logrotate.conf

/var/log/appn/*.log {
 rotate 5

After logrotate

-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root         20 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-10-01.log.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-10-01.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root         20 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-30.log.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-30.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root         20 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-29.log.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-29.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root         20 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-28.log.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-28.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root         20 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-27.log.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-27.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root         20 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-26.log.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-26.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root         20 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-25.log.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-25.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root         20 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-24.log.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-24.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root         20 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-23.log.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root          0 Oct  9 02:54 tomcat_access_log.2009-09-23.log

Its compressing all the log files and its not removing log files. Any input on this?
# 4  
Old 10-12-2009
Kindly review my last input on this..

Any help is really appreciated..
# 5  
Old 10-12-2009
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---------- Post updated at 14:20 ---------- Previous update was at 14:18 ----------

To keep logrotate from creating or truncating the original logs, set these options:

which are all described in the man page:
       nocopy Do  not copy the original log file and leave it in place.  (this
              overrides the copy option).

              Do not truncate the original log file in place after creating  a
              copy (this overrides the copytruncate option).

              New  log  files  are  not  created  (this  overrides  the create

# 6  
Old 10-12-2009
Originally Posted by skmdu
/var/log/appn/*.log {
 rotate 5

How about ...

/var/log/appn/*.log {
   rotate 5
      /etc/init.d/tomcat restart

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