Re: controlling sizes of logfiles

From: Wout Mertens (
Date: 11/02/95

On Thu, 2 Nov 1995, Naved A Surve wrote:

> > tail -500 logfile > tmp
> > mv tmp logfile
> This actually doesn't work on a 'live' syslog file because Circle holds the
> log file open.  After doing this operation on a live syslog the file

> not the newly created one.  That aside, doing something like this to your
> log file defeats the purpose of having it.  How do you know you didn't just
> trim something important?  If this is your maintenance plan, you may as well
> do something like 'bin/circle 2> /dev/null &' and get rid of the syslog
> completely.

He wanted the logs to occupy less space. If I have the choice between the 
last 500 lines or nothing at all, I go for the 500.

Gekke Eekhoorn of BUG.

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