What's wrong with my config? I had to --force the logrotate a couple times to see changes, but the numbering is all wonky.

    ----@----------:/var/log/upstart# ls -Anh
    total 4.0G
    -rw-r----- 1 0 0  56K Aug 21 08:41 graylog-server.log
    -rw-r----- 1 0 0 1.1G Aug 21 08:36 graylog-server.log.1.1.gz
    -rw-r----- 1 0 0 727M Aug 21 08:35 graylog-server.log.1.gz.1.gz
    -rw-r----- 1 0 0    0 Aug 20 11:22 graylog-server.log.2.gz
    -rw-r----- 1 0 0  28K Aug 20 10:40 graylog-server.log.3.gz.1.gz
    -rw-r----- 1 0 0 1.2G Aug 20 10:29 graylog-server.log.4.gz.1
    -rw-r----- 1 0 0 861M Aug 21 08:40 graylog-server.log.4.gz.1.gz
    -rw-r----- 1 0 0 212M Aug 20 10:25 graylog-server.log.5.gz
    -rw-r----- 1 0 0 5.3M Aug 20 06:25 graylog-server.log.6.gz


----@----------:/var/log/upstart# vim /etc/logrotate.d/upstart

/var/log/upstart/*-server.log.* {
        size 3G
        rotate 5

Using logrotate

--force /etc/logrotate.d/upstart

to rotate.


It seems that you are log-rotating already log-rotated logs.

In your config you use /var/log/upstart/*-server.log.* to select the files to rotate. This expression matches graylog-server.log.1 but no graylog-server.log. So you are rotating the old rotated log files but not the current log file.

Probably you want to use /var/log/upstart/*-server.log instead.

  • Ok, I'll give that a try. I also wanted to ask how often the system checks for the size condition...like if it has to sit at 3GB for a couple hours before it'll rotate or if it happens instantly? edit: that does fix the file extension issue. – KuboMD Aug 21 '18 at 13:56
  • @KuboMD ask this in another question. – andcoz Aug 21 '18 at 14:07
  • I tried making that change to the conf and running the logrotate force again. It works the first time around, but the second time around it adds a ".1" to the end of my plaintext, uncompressed log - which means it is no longer caught by "*-server.log". Any suggestions? – KuboMD Aug 21 '18 at 15:15
  • Fascinating. Did you cleaned the dir of old wrong files before you tried again? – andcoz Aug 21 '18 at 16:06
  • There is no reason (in your config file) for that .1. Please, check if there is any other rule in logrotate config files matching that log file. – andcoz Aug 21 '18 at 16:08

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