How to manage log files in centos 7 using logrotate ?

What will be the best way to manage the log files in centos? How to configure the logrotate in centos 7?

How to rotate logs in centos 7 ?

Firstly we need to check that logrotate is installed on the server or not. We will be managing the log files using the logrotate.

This method can used in centos 6 as well. All commands are the same and the process is also the same.

How to  check the logrotate is installed ?

whereis logrotate

If logrotate is missing then install using the below command. Skip this step if allready installed.

yum update && yum install logrotate

Edit the httpd.conf file

vim /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

include /etc/logrotate.d

Edit the log rotate file for apache server

cd /etc/logrotate.d/httpd

/var/log/httpd/*log {
/bin/systemctl reload httpd.service > /dev/null 2>/dev/null || true
/var/www/html/logs/*.log {
rotate 3
size 10M
/bin/systemctl reload httpd reload > /dev/null 2>/dev/null || true

Check the log
what will happen if logrotate executed now. Try to use -d option (you can actually run logrotate by omitting this option):

logrotate -d /etc/logrotate.d/apache2.conf

Logrotate Important Terms.

Rotating the log means after a period of time old logs are zipped into the file. This helps us to maintain the logs very effectively.

missingok – do not output error if logfile is missing
notifempty – do not rotate log file if it is empty
compress – Old versions of log files are compressed with gzip(1) by default
size – Log file is rotated only if it grows bigger than 20k
daily – ensures daily rotation
create – creates a new log file wit permissions 600 where owner and group is root user
copy – Make a copy of the log file, but don’t change the original at all.
mail <[email protected]> – When a log is rotated out-of-existence, it is mailed to address.
olddir <directory> – Logs are moved into <directory> for rotation.
postrotate/endscript – The lines between postrotate and endscript are executed after the log

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