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Subject svn commit: r1024263 - /httpd/httpd/trunk/docs/manual/programs/rotatelogs.xml
Date Tue, 19 Oct 2010 15:12:12 GMT
Author: poirier
Date: Tue Oct 19 15:12:11 2010
New Revision: 1024263

Add warning about using rotatelogs filename formats with not
enough granularity.  PR46318.


Modified: httpd/httpd/trunk/docs/manual/programs/rotatelogs.xml
--- httpd/httpd/trunk/docs/manual/programs/rotatelogs.xml (original)
+++ httpd/httpd/trunk/docs/manual/programs/rotatelogs.xml Tue Oct 19 15:12:11 2010
@@ -84,7 +84,7 @@ close actions.</dd>
-<dd>The path plus basename of the logfile.  If <var>logfile</var>
+<dd><p>The path plus basename of the logfile.  If <var>logfile</var>
 includes any '%' characters, it is treated as a format string for
 <code>strftime(3)</code>.  Otherwise, the suffix
 <var>.nnnnnnnnnn</var> is automatically added and is the time in
@@ -93,7 +93,17 @@ start time from the beginning of the cur
 if a rotation time of 86400 is specified, the hour, minute, and
 second fields created from the <code>strftime(3)</code> format will
 all be zero, referring to the beginning of the current 24-hour
-period (midnight).</dd>
+period (midnight).</p>
+<p>When using <code>strftime(3)</code> filename formatting,
+be sure the log file format has enough granularity to produce
+a different file name each time the logs are rotated.  Otherwise
+rotation will overwrite the same file instead of starting a new
+one.  For example, if <var>logfile</var> was 
+<code>/var/logs/errorlog.%Y-%m-%d</code> with log rotation at 5
+megabytes, but 5 megabytes was reached twice in the same day, the
+same log file name would be produced and log rotation would keep
+writing to the same file.</p>

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