logrotate for virtual host logs

2012-07-14 ·

In this post I'll explain how to set up log rotation for virutal host logs. This setup is independant of the web server being used.

Let's start by creating a separate configuration file:

vim /etc/logrotate.d/vhost

In that file we specify which log files should be automaticaly rotated. In our case we will use a regular expression that matches files somewhere inside /srv/www/ but from the logs/ directory and with the .log ending.

/srv/www/*/logs/*.log {
  rotate 8
  size 256M

    /usr/sbin/apache2ctl graceful > /dev/null

This configuration has the following characteristics:

  • rotate logs 8 times
  • rotate logs on a weekly basis
  • rotate logs if logs file are bigger than 256M
  • compress logs when they're archived
  • delay compress till next rotation
  • sharedscripts means that the postrotate script is executed once for all logs matching the wildcarded pattern
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