rotatelogs - rotate Apache logs without having to kill the
rotatelogs logfile rotationtime [offset]
rotatelogs is a simple program for use in conjunction with
Apache's piped logfile feature which can be used like
TransferLog "| rotatelogs /path/to/logs/access_log
This creates the files /path/to/logs/access_log.nnnn where
nnnn is the system time at which the log nominally starts
(this time will always be a multiple of the rotation time,
so you can synchronize cron scripts with it). At the end
of each rotation time (here after 24 hours) a new log is
The path plus basename of the logfile. If logfile
includes any % characters, it is treated as a for-
mat string for strftime(3). Otherwise, the suffix
.nnnn is automatically added and is the time at
which the logfile was created.
The rotation time in seconds.
offset The number of minutes offset from UTC. If omitted,
zero is assumed and UTC is used. For example, to
use local time in the zone UTC -5 hours, specify a
value of -300 for this argument.
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