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clearing mail.log

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Timothy P. Jackson
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clearing mail.log

Hello Everyone,

I normally clear my mail.log file by....

1) /var/adm/syslog/mail.log
2) touch /var/adm/syslog/mail.log
3) reboot the system

The question is, does it hurt to do this during live production and not reboot the system? I need to clear this file but I cannot reboot the system for several weeks, unless something castastrophic happens.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Tim
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DCE
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Re: clearing mail.log



You can also do a
cat /dev/null > /var/adm/syslog/mail.log

This will zero out the log file, and allow the mail app to keep writing to the log

Sandman!
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Re: clearing mail.log

another way to null out the mail file...

# >/var/adm/syslog/mail.log
Timothy P. Jackson
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Re: clearing mail.log

Thanks DCE!

Now why didn't I think of that. I really appreciate your quick response.

Tim