Logrotate snippets

Code snippets for Logrotate.

Manually rotate log files

To rotate log files manually, use the -f (force) option. This forces the rotation of logs

$ sudo logrotate -f /etc/logrotate.d/my_filename

Note: Change "my_filename" accordingly.

Force rotate log files

To force rotate a log file, use the -f (force) option. This parameter forces the rotation of logs, even when not necessary. The force option command may be necessary when new entries are added in your configuration file.

$ sudo logrotate -f /etc/logrotate.d/my_filename

Note: Change "my_filename" accordingly.

Remove log files after a specified time

To remove log files a specified time (such as 30 days), use the the maxageparameter in the configuration directive:

For example, if you're editing the Nginx log configuration file, use maxage 30 (where 30 is 30 days):

    maxage 30
    rotate 14
    dateformat -%d%m%Y

For 24 hours, use maxage 1; for 6 months, use maxage 182; and so on.

Move log files to a different folder

To move log files to a different folder, use olddir directory parameter.

/var/log/nginx/*.log {
    olddir /var/log/nginx/my_new_folder

The above code snippet will move the .log files from /var/log/nginx directory to the /var/log/nginx/my_new_folder.

Run in debug mode

To run Logrotate in debug mode, use the -d (debug) option:

$ sudo logrotate /etc/logrotate.conf --debug

Logrotate debug option results