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I am trying to configure logrotate in RHEL for tomcat6 logs. Currently, logrotate works fine for catalina.out log, it is rotated and compressed properly.

The problem is with the files with date in them like:


These files are not being rotated. I understand that I have to configure these in /etc/logrotate.d/tomcat6 file where rotation for catalina.out is configured. But I am not able to configure it.

All I want is these older files to be compressed daily, except the current date log file.

Can anybody help me out on this, please!!

Thanks Noman A.

(First post ever so if it looks like a drunk spider has formatted it then sorry)

After using our friend Google, here and I can't remember where else I managed to achieve something using logrotate (rather than cron or some other equivalent).

I have a the following in /var/log/rsync/:

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.1M Apr  9 08:13 2014-04-09 07:48:18.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.4M Apr 11 15:20 2014-04-11 15:02:52.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.6M Apr 11 15:42 2014-04-11 15:22:04.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.8M Apr 12 08:01 2014-04-12 07:45:31.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.0M Apr 13 08:10 2014-04-13 07:53:38.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.2M Apr 14 08:19 2014-04-14 07:51:09.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.5M Apr 15 08:05 2014-04-15 07:37:38.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.7M Apr 16 08:11 2014-04-16 07:43:14.log

and the following logrotate file:

/var/log/rsync/*.log {
       rotate 7

which I thought was perfectly reasonable. But after it refused to work and on finding out that it would never work (courtesy of this post) I wondered if it could be fudged to make it work.

After much testing and tweaking I managed to fudge it the following way:

/var/log/rsync/dummy {
        rotate 0
                /usr/bin/find /var/log/rsync/ -mtime +7 -delete
                /usr/bin/find /var/log/rsync/ -mtime +1 -exec gzip -q {} \;

into a logrotate config file called /etc/logrotate.d/local-rsync. Then create the dummy log file:

touch /var/log/rsync/dummy

then force a logrotate with:

logrotate -fv /etc/logrotate.d/local-rsync

which gives:

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  71K Apr  9 08:13 2014-04-09 07:48:18.log.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  88K Apr 11 15:20 2014-04-11 15:02:52.log.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  82K Apr 11 15:42 2014-04-11 15:22:04.log.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  84K Apr 12 08:01 2014-04-12 07:45:31.log.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  87K Apr 13 08:10 2014-04-13 07:53:38.log.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  92K Apr 14 08:19 2014-04-14 07:51:09.log.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.5M Apr 15 08:05 2014-04-15 07:37:38.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.7M Apr 16 08:11 2014-04-16 07:43:14.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    0 Apr 16 12:11 dummy

Now just wait for tomorrow morning...

I realise that cron would be tidier however I have another element in the logrotate config file and wanted to keep the two together.

Bonus with the dummy file is that it doesn't take up any space!

You may find that it does not appear to have rotated anything one day. It took me while to work out why but then it twigged. find -mtime +1 is whole days (i.e. 24*60 minutes) and if the daily logrotate kicked in less than 24 hours since the last time/time the logs were created then it sometimes appears not to have worked. If it bothers you then using 23 hours with find -mmin +1380 might be more appropriate.

logrotate with date in filename, Okay, this really is a newbie question I want to rotate my logs (using Slackware 9.1 distro, logrotate script) and have the archived logs with the. Logrotate does not seem to be able to group the different files with dates included in the name of the file. Logrotate can not do what we need it to do. You have two options change the logging facility provided by java / tomcat to not include the date in the file name. http://tomcat.apache.org/tomcat-6.0-doc/logging.html

I spent a quite a while reading a lot of documentation. Logrotate does not seem to be able to group the different files with dates included in the name of the file. Logrotate can not do what we need it to do.

You have two options change the logging facility provided by java / tomcat to not include the date in the file name. http://tomcat.apache.org/tomcat-6.0-doc/logging.html

The second and quicker way is to use your own little script to do the work for you, using find. https://serverfault.com/questions/256218/logrotation-when-filenames-includes-date, https://serverfault.com/a/256231/71120

find /pathtologs/* -mtime +5 -exec rm {} \;

I went with the second option, because our developers have coded for dates in the files names. So it needs to stay that way. The -mtime +5 sets find to only look for files who are older then 5 days.

From find's documentation.

File's data was last modified n*24 hours ago. See the comments for -atime to understand how rounding affects the interpretation of file modification times.

Updated as per comment

find /pathtologs/* -mtime +5 -delete

If you specifically want to delete, this is a quick way to do it. If you need to some other command you can always replace the exec rm {} \; with something else.

Rotate log files with timestamp in file name, 1 Answer. If you're already creating the files with the date in the name, logrotate isn't the answer; it is based around the idea of the application always writing to the same log file (e.g. /var/log/app/output. logrotate can do it with olddir if your log file name is the same every time it runs and you can add dates. If your log file name changes i.e. YYYYMMDD then logrotate won't do it for you. # sample logrotate conf file copytruncate compress dateformat %Y%m%d. dateext extension log olddir./logarchive /logs/sys.log { rotate 7 daily }

Something like this in /etc/cron.d/rotate_tomcat_logs:

# delete every log file over 100 days old, and compress every log file over 1 day old.
00 1 * * * root ( find /opt/tomcat/logs -name \*log\* -name \*.gz -mtime +100 -exec rm -f {} \; >/dev/null 2>&1 )
05 1 * * * root ( find /opt/tomcat/logs -name \*log\* ! -name \*.gz -mtime +1 -exec gzip {} \; >/dev/null 2>&1 )

logrotate log file with enging date issue, For what you have configured, logrotate is doing what you asked of it. Try replacing the .* with .out : /opt/tomcat7.0/logs/catalina.out { rotate 5 missingok  As per @Jan Vlcinsky, you can let logrotate add the date - just use dateyesterday to get the right date. Or, if you want to put in the date yourself, you can 'aim' at the name without the date , and then the names with the date will be cleaned up.

To include a date in the rotated file, you can probably use 'dateext' option.

$ cat logrotate.conf 
/var/nginx/logs/access.log {
    size 10k
    rotate 10

The rotated file should get created similar to below

 root@nitpc:~# ls -lrt /var/nginx/logs/access.*
-rw-r--r-- 1 nginx root 5422 May 31 08:26 access.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 nginx root  466 May 31 08:26 access.log-20180531.gz

The only downside is you won't be able to run it more than once per day as the file would have a definite name for that date.

The above example is from my Nginx docker container running in k8s on GC. The logrotate version is 3.11.0.

Hope that helps!

Update: From man pages https://linux.die.net/man/8/logrotate

dateformat format string

Specify the extension for dateext using the notation similar to strftime(3) function. Only %Y %m %d and %s specifiers are allowed. The default value is -%Y%m%d. Note that also the character separating log name from the extension is part of the dateformat string. The system clock must be set past Sep 9th 2001 for %s to work correctly. Note that the datestamps generated by this format must be lexically sortable (i.e., first the year, then the month then the day. e.g., 2001/12/01 is ok, but 01/12/2001 is not, since 01/11/2002 would sort lower while it is later). This is because when using the rotate option, logrotate sorts all rotated filenames to find out which logfiles are older and should be removed.

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/path/to/logs/*.log { missingok compress rotate 7 }

this type of thing doesn't work normally because as others point out tomcat has its own log rotation. You can either use a simple cron to delete old files or turn off rotation on the access log valve. By turning off log rotation (and possible changing the filename patter), the above logrotate and other similar configs will work fine.

The bottom line is you should use logrotate or the built in log rotation in tomcat but not both at the same time.

LogRotate use regex for filename, use date as a suffix of the rotated file dateext # Compress log file, optional if the files are small enough compress # Allow for a log file pattern  Log files. A log file and its rotation behavior are defined by listing the log file (or files) followed by a set of commands enclosed in curly brackets. Most application configuration files will contain just one of these blocks, but it’s possible to put more than one in a file, or to add log file blocks to the main logrotate.conf file.

HowTo: The Ultimate Logrotate Command Tutorial with 10 Examples, option for the rotated log files; Rotate the old log files with the date in the filename; Execute custom shell scripts immediately after log rotation  Manage Linux log files with Logrotate by Jim McIntyre in Open Source on December 27, 2000, 12:00 AM PST Learn how to use the Logrotate program to administer, back up, and monitor log files on Linux.

Logrotate timestamped filenames?, Far as I've been able to find, logrotate can only rotate a file if its name doesn't If the date extension is always on the end of the filename you might be This would delete all specialsnowflakeapp logs more than 10 days old 

logrotate with option dateext adds timestamp of tommorrow to a file , Hello, Today I have a question regarding logrotate with the option dateext (see logrotate with option dateext adds timestamp of tommorrow to a file rotated today I have some more logs where the timestamp is from the future. for the last time and the timestamp in the file name is the time of the rotate:.

  • Same problem, with tomcat. log-rotate sees each catalina.[date].log as a different file. It dose not group them as catalina.log. It is not rotating them. Each file comes out as catalina.[data].log.1.gz. So I end up with 200 files with the log.1.gz at the end.
  • With the lastaction/endscript option you saved me! Thanks
  • instead of doing -exec rm {} \;, you can also simply do -delete in many versions of find. I think it's clearer.
  • @LászlóvandenHoek Just be sure you're doing the same thing. -delete is not rm. -delete implies -depth. Unlike rm, it will delete directories if they are empty (or being emptied by the command). I agree though, -delete is nice. Didn't know it existed. Thanks.
  • This is not the point of the question. The generated log files already have date format. The idea is not to add a date, but to manage files that were already generated with a date.
  • You are actually right. Thanks for pointing out that my reply doesn't answer the question directly. Nonetheless something mentioned in it can be used hence not updating it.
  • Thanks for the reply Paul. I am passing file name as /var/log/tomcat6/catalina*.log. since the logfile name is not conistent (it has dates in it). And these files are rolled over daily by default by juli (tomcat's default). I just want to compress them using logrotate, leaving the current date log untouched and uncompressed. Hope my query is clear. Thanks for the reply again!
  • The current day's log should always be left untouched. That's what logrotate does. By setting rotate #, it will remove the old ones after # many have been rotated out. If you want to compress them, as well, use the compress command in your rotate script. linuxcommand.org/man_pages/logrotate8.html
  • Hi Paul, sorry for the late comment, but I was testing this. So my config is /var/log/tomcat6/catalina*.log { daily rotate 30 compress missingok nocreate nodateext } So I assume the log should be rotated, but it is not being rotated. When I manually ran logrotate in verbose mode, got the following output: "considering log /var/log/tomcat6/catalina.2012-01-23.log log does not need rotating considering log /var/log/tomcat6/catalina.2012-01-24.log log does not need rotating Am I doing anything wrong?
  • This answer has complicated changes and does not explain what and why is done.