logrotate problem (maybe)

Hilario J. Montoliu hmontoliu at gmail.com
Sat May 9 14:46:19 UTC 2009

Just guessing...

maybe an issue with the logrotate statefile?

Imre Gergely escribió:
> Hi
> Do any of you guys have a logrotate config file other than the default? 
> I have a Hardy server, with postfix/dovecot on it, and I just noticed 
> that despite me having set 'monthly' in /etc/logrotate.conf (as the 
> global default), the /var/log/mail.* logfiles are still rotated daily.
> One of my very first steps when installing a Linux server (centos, 
> fedora, and now ubuntu) is to tweak the logrotate config so it rotates 
> the logs monthly (when on low traffic server), compresses them and keeps 
>   1-3 years of logs. This is MY default tweak and never had a problem 
> with it so far (AFAIK ayways).
> I was pretty upset when i wanted to install mailgraph to create some 
> graph of older logs (I installed this server a couple of months ago) to 
> see some mail stats, and found out that I have only a week worth of 
> logfiles.
> I looked at it for a while, didn't find anything wrong with the config, 
> there is no other config in /etc/logrotate.d/ which would mess with 
> /var/log/mail.* files, I didn't find any other crontab entry with other 
> logrotate scripts, the default logrotate uses /etc/logrotate.conf, the 
> machine is pretty much up 24/7, ntp is running, clock is always syncronized.
> Logrotate does work, because logs get rotated, for example the apache 
> logs are just fine, they get rotated once a month (but then again, there 
> is a separate /etc/logrotate.d/apache2 config for them, which I also 
> tweaked for monthly rotation).
> /var/log/syslog files are also rotated daily and not monthly.
> Here is my logrotate.conf file
> http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/167652/
> Maybe it's just some hidden default setting I don't know about, but it 
> bothers me that my maillogs are gone and I can't even set it up right. 
> It looks to me as if the global default isn't being used, or it's 
> overwritten somewhere.
> Thanks.

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