November 4, 2007

New log rotation utility in Leopard

Most folks have no need to ever check their system logs. Some folks check their logs religiously. Mac OS X 10.5 has thrown a new tool into the mix, and it might bite you if you don't know about it.

There is a new command line command called newsyslog, it is called every minute by the file /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/, and it's config file lives in /etc/newsyslog.conf.

Tonight, I needed to check my mail server logs for some information, and had to search prior logs. At first, my searches made no sense, as I kept coming up with today's date in the data, but my mail logs normally contain a week's worth of data. Well, not anymore, thanks to newsyslog, now they only contain 100Kb worth of data before they roll over to a new log. Ack! A simple fix, commenting out the log cycling for the mail.log file. Hopefully this tip might help out anyone else out there that gets bitten by this.

Posted by Jim at November 4, 2007 1:08 AM | TrackBack