How to make log-rotate change take effect

I followed this link to change log-rotate configuration for RHEL 6

After I made the change to config file, what should I do to let this take effect?

Asked By: BufBills


logrotate uses crontab to work. It’s scheduled work, not a daemon, so no need to reload its configuration.
When the crontab executes logrotate, it will use your new config file automatically.
If you need to test your config you can also execute logrotate on your own with the command:

logrotate /etc/logrotate.d/your-logrotate-config

If you want to have a debug output use argument -d

logrotate -d /etc/logrotate.d/your-logrotate-config

You may need to be root or a specific user to run this command.
Or as mentioned in comments, identify the logrotate line in the output of the command crontab -l and execute the command line refer to slm’s answer to have a precise cron.daily explanation

Answered By: Kiwy

Most of the logrotate setups I’ve seen on various distros runs out of the /etc/cron.daily. There’s a shell script there aptly named logrotate.


$ ls -l /etc/cron.daily/logrotate 
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 180 May 18  2011 /etc/cron.daily/logrotate

Manual run

If you want to make it run manually simply run the script as root:

$ sudo /etc/cron.daily/logrotate

If you take a look at a script that’s typically there, it shows you how you can also run logrotate manually, by simply running logrotate + the path to its configuration file.


/usr/sbin/logrotate /etc/logrotate.conf
if [ $EXITVALUE != 0 ]; then
    /usr/bin/logger -t logrotate "ALERT exited abnormally with [$EXITVALUE]"
exit 0
Answered By: slm

It should be automatic via cron. You can force it to test your changes.

For global logrotate:

sudo logrotate -v -f /etc/logrotate.conf

For a single conf file:

sudo logrotate -v -f /etc/logrotate.d/someapp.conf
Answered By: maskeda

On my CentOS 6.5 machine for setting up logrotatefor nginx I had to do this:

logrotate /etc/logrotate.d/nginx

And then I checked if logrotate taking care of my new nginx config like this:

cat /var/lib/logrotate.status

Edit : cat /var/lib/logrotate/status

Answered By: Ahsan
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