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From: Daniel Campbell <zlg@g.o>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Re: elog default lifespan
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:42:10
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] Re: elog default lifespan by Harry Putnam
1 On 11/19/2016 04:21 PM, Harry Putnam wrote:
2 > Mick <michaelkintzios@×××××.com> writes:
3 >
4 >> On Saturday 19 Nov 2016 08:54:53 Harry Putnam wrote:
5 >>> After looking thru the portage man pages, the make.conf.example in
6 >>> /usr/share/portage/config, and the `Portage log wiki' it still is not
7 >>> clear to me how long elogs are kept if you use the `save' flag in
8 >>> make.conf or not.
9 >>>
10 >>> I did see something about '7 days' but it was not clear if that is the
11 >>> default and `save' over-rides it or what. Or if there is another flag
12 >>> that controls there duration...
13 >>>
14 >>> Can anyone throw light on that?
15 >>
16 >> If you have logrotate then its configuration and associated cron jobs will take
17 >> care of that.
18 >
19 > What I want to know is if the elog program will do something on its
20 > own... I'm wanting to hang on to the logs a good while... I saw
21 > something in my readings about the elog system about 7 days... was not
22 > clear if that is a defalult or what.
23 >
24 > So my fear was losing them even if I am logrotate at them in some
25 > capacity. So I'm asking about inside the elog program... what happens
26 > to the logs and when.
27 >
28 >
29 According to make.conf.example, PORTAGE_ELOG_SYSTEM="save" creates one
30 log per package under $PORT_LOGDIR/elog (/var/log/portage/elog if unset).
32 What this means is Portage will continue to use whatever path you have
33 specified, and it's up to your syslogd or logrotate to determine whether
34 those particular logs get deleted.
36 I suggest looking through /etc/logrotate{.conf,.d/} and grokking things
37 to determine how long your elogs will last. On my system, I noticed I
38 have /etc/logrotate.d/elog-save-summary, so if you find a file like
39 that, it's a good place to start. Without logrotate handling it, I see
40 no reason to believe Portage will nix elog output after 7 days.
42 In case I've missed something, could you link to the page that mentions
43 7 days? I searched through manpages and the wiki but haven't found any
44 other "save" option or anything to do with elog and 7 days.
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Subject Author
[gentoo-user] Re: elog default lifespan Ian Zimmerman <itz@×××××××.net>
[gentoo-user] Re: elog default lifespan Harry Putnam <reader@×××××××.com>