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Logs - How large is large?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tntmom5, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. tntmom5

    tntmom5 Member

    Mar 27, 2003
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    Hi all,
    I need some clarification on logs. I still have so much to learn about administrating a server. I wish my data center had totally managed servers, but maybe someday. One of my areas that needs clarifying is how large are large logs.

    I noticed my CPU spiking over 5 during backup the past couple of mornings. I have found that this will often happen when the domlogs for a particular domain get rather large. I have no problem resetting the domlogs as needed, but I need clarification on a few others.

    Here are a few of the logs that have grow. I don't know which are safe to clear out.

    /var/log 105,036,158
    /var/log exim_maillog.1.gz 4,398,870
    /var/log lastlog 19,136,220
    /var/log chkservd.log 8,222,437
    /usr/local/apache/logs ssl_engine_log 10,236,012
    /usr/local/apache/logs suexe_log 3,045,947

    I cleared out the access_log and error_log. I used the command:

    cp /dev/null error_log

    Any other tips on logs or general server maintenance is greatly appreciated.

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