[Dirvish] Excessively Long backups on a Postfix Mailder vault with Dovecot as the IMAP server

Paul Slootman paul at debian.org
Wed Mar 19 18:24:10 UTC 2008

On Wed 19 Mar 2008, Damian Cunniff wrote:
> Kenneth Lerman wrote:
> > Do you have daily or weekly logs? Do they get renamed when you cycle to the 
> > next day or week? If so, then each time you cycle to the next day or week, 
> > you generate a new copy of the log to back up.
> > 
> > If you are using logrotate, use the option that names the log for the date 
> > and doesn't rename it.

> Would I do this because I am trying to limit the number of files that
> are created?  I'm not sure I understand the reason for doing this.

If the filename doesn't change every night, it doesn't have to be
backupped again every night. Traditional log rotation moves x.log.1.gz
to x.log.2.gz etc.


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