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Regardnig log rotation period of /var/log/sa folder.

Minoru Asano
Frequent Advisor

Regardnig log rotation period of /var/log/sa folder.


I would like to know how to change log rotation period of /var/log/sa log.

RHEL 3 ES up6

At /var/log/sa directory, some file remain for 7 days.

- How can I change the log rotation at /var/log/sa directory ?
What shall I do to change the period of log retention in it ?
I could not find any setting at /etc/crontab, etc.

Thank you for advice.
Best Regards.

Luk Vandenbussche
Honored Contributor

Re: Regardnig log rotation period of /var/log/sa folder.

I would not do this.
Normally there is one file for each day of the month.

The files are used to collect statistics of your server with the command sar.

So you can have statistics of the last month
Ralph Grothe
Honored Contributor

Re: Regardnig log rotation period of /var/log/sa folder.

I presume your sar tool installation came as part of the sysstat rpm.
You can simply query for the config files.

# rpm -qc sysstat

The first most likely is a Vixie-type crontab
For instance on this Fedora box the sar is scheduled like this.
Simply change the time for the summary collecting.

# cat /etc/cron.d/sysstat
# run system activity accounting tool every 10 minutes
*/10 * * * * root /usr/lib/sa/sa1 1 1
# generate a daily summary of process accounting at 23:53
53 23 * * * root /usr/lib/sa/sa2 -A

How many generations you wish to keep
seems to be configured here on RH.

# cat /etc/sysconfig/sysstat
# How long to keep log files (days), maximum is a month

Madness, thy name is system administration