Splitting a large log file

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Old 09-13-2001
Data Splitting a large log file

Okay, absolute newbie here...

I'm on a Mac trying to split an almost 2 Gig log file on a Unix box into manageable chunks for my web-based log analysis tool.

What do I need to do, what programs do I need to do it?

All and any help appreciated/needed :-)

# 2  
Old 09-13-2001
Why, use the split command, of course!
See the split man page for details on use.

Note: It may be very important to stop the process creating the log file, if even for only a moment, while you work on the log. The best idea is to move the log file to another name, then create a new logfile with the same name for the webserver to write to. If the webserver tries to write to a log, and the log is locked for editing or doesn't exist, it can cause some problems.
# 3  
Old 09-13-2001

"Split Man"... how do I find this?

Thanks for your help

# 4  
Old 09-13-2001
Well, the command itself it called split. For more information on this, simply type:
man split
If split is installed on your system, it will display the manual page (hence the command 'man' - it's short for manual).

Hope that helps!
# 5  
Old 09-18-2001
try this to slpit the file by each line.

slpit -i 300 -a1 filename

300 being how many lines per file

1 being the files will be named using xa xb xc xd xc etc....

if u use 2 xaa xbb xcc ( just gives you more files to play with)

have fun

man pages are good, but most times it looks like bad driving directions

# 6  
Old 09-19-2001
Split woes

I'm going to give it all a go and let you know how it works out.

Can anyone give me one last pointer as to how to split the file by date?

Thanks all!!

Grant Smilie
# 7  
Old 09-19-2001
You could check on the sort command..
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