[CentOS] CentOS 5.4 logrotate and syslog

Ryan Ivey iveymr at gmail.com
Mon Nov 9 20:40:24 UTC 2009


Thanks Kai for the input.

> There is *no* need to have an extra mail file for logrotate, just get rid
of it.
> BTW: your question should have gone to the MailScanner list, anyway.
Well, I can see how that *might* be correct, but take MailScanner out of the
equation, it's uses the standard maillog log file.  On a stock setup,
/var/log/maillog rotates to /var/log/maillog, /var/log/maillog.0,
/var/log/maillog.1 and so on.  I want to change that to use dateext and
compress it, so hence the /etc/logrotate.d/mail file.  So if I only wanted
to simply rotate the maillog file with those parameters, this would be the
appropriate list.

Getting this error, clued me in:
error: syslog:1 duplicate log entry for /var/log/maillog

The more appropriate *fix* in this situation is to remove /var/log/mail from
/etc/logrotate.d/syslog and allow /var/logrotate.d/mail to handle the
rotate. Now all works as desired.  I do not remember doing that on my last
mailserver setup, but that was sometime ago.

Thanks


On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 2:31 PM, Kai Schaetzl <maillists at conactive.com>wrote:

> Ryan Ivey wrote on Mon, 9 Nov 2009 12:47:01 -0500:
>
> > The file rotates correctly if I manually force it, however my logs won't
> > update until I restart syslogd.  In other words, the new /var/log/maillog
> > isn't created after the logrotate.  I have to manually restart syslogd
> and
> > manually touch /var/log/maillog.
>
> Look in the syslog file for logrotate where the original content for your
> "recipe" is. There is *no* need to have an extra mail file for logrotate,
> just get rid of it. Instead change MailScanner logging to a different file
> and then use something like that. Look at the last line!
>
> /var/log/mailscanner.log {
>    weekly
>    compress
>    dateext
>    maxage 365
>    rotate 99
>    size=+4096k
>    notifempty
>    missingok
>    copytruncate
> }
>
> BTW: your question should have gone to the MailScanner list, anyway.
>
>
> Kai
>
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