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Date:      Sat, 3 Aug 2013 21:13:06 -0400
From:      mikel king <>
To:        Frank Leonhardt <>
Cc:        "" <>
Subject:   Re: Archiving a log file
Message-ID:  <>
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Do you have logger installed? You coupled pipe your CustomLog into logger wh=
ich will facilitate Apache writing to syslog, in lieu of directly writing th=
e file. After some tweaking this should let you use the systems standard log=
 rotation schema.=20

Something like:

CustomLog "| logger -t httpd -p"


On Aug 3, 2013, at 19:11, Frank Leonhardt <> wrote:

> The answer isn't (AFAIK) newsyslog
> As a one-off, I need to archive an old log file - say httpd-access.log - w=
hile its still open. I don't want this to happen automatically and I don't w=
ant to set up newsyslog or anything like that. And I really don't want to me=
ss about with signals to whatever is writing to the file, even assuming the w=
riter could respond to them. I can't just rename the file as it's open for w=
riting, and there would also be a good chance that something will be added t=
o the file while it's being compressed.
> What I actually do is:
> cp httpd-access.log httpd-access.log-03-Aug-13 && :> httpd-access.log && b=
zip2 httpd-access.log-03-Aug-13
> Data might be lost here as something may be added between the cp being com=
pleted and the file being truncated. It's not the end of the world if this h=
appens, but is there a better way? I could always shut down Apache for the d=
uration, but I don't want to do that either, so in this case I'm happy to ta=
ke the risk (it's not like I'm likely to miss anything that important).
> I don't know if this can be relied on as a POSIX thing, but the cp command=
 simply(!) issues read() and write() calls until read() fails to get any mor=
e bytes, so if data is being appended to the file after cp is started it'll s=
till be copied. Therefore the window where stuff could be written after the c=
opy but before the truncation is shortened, but extant.
> So what's the magic utility I don't know about?
> Thanks, Frank.
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