Re: handling logs

From: Carlos Maltzahn <>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 11:55:03 -0600 (MDT)

- rotate logs at midnight (or some other off-peak time) - for each of the
  rotated log files rename them such that the part after '.' is the date
- gzip them
- move them to an archive site

For display use the gzip C-library (or wrappers that are available for
scripting languages such as Perl, Python, or Tcl). It allows you to open a
file and transparently decompress it as you read it.


On Wed, 14 Oct 1998, Joe Smith wrote:

    What are some of you doing with your log files? I would like to archive
    the access.log on a weekly basis to another directory on the server that I
    could make accessible via a web browser for perusing. I know how to
    handle the web server end of it, and making it secure.
    I just haven't decided the best way to archive the logs. I think
    preferably I would put them in the directory in a gzipped or bzipped
    state, with a descriptive filename, and when they select the file from the
    browser list it would decompress the file and display.
    My log files aren't large enough that I should have to move the data into
    a data base, so handling them as compressed text should be convenient.
Received on Wed Oct 14 1998 - 11:47:15 MDT

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