"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
newsyslog hackery.

I just added the metawire.org Apache logs to newsyslog.conf:

find /var/www/logs -name "*_log" |sort |sed 's/$/ root:daemon 640 10 * 24 Z "apachectl stop ; apachectl start"/' >> /etc/newsyslog.conf

newsyslog -v -f /etc/newsyslog.conf

And it took a good few minutes, as they've never been rotated and weighed in around 1.2G. The loadavg kicked up to 80 while the files were being compressed, which was pretty entertaining.

A more sane solution to the apachectl command above would be a script that stops Apache, waits until any httpd-related ports aren't being returned by netstat, and then start it back up.

January 4, 2005 4:14 AM

Why not do an "apachectl restart" or stop it gracefully, then maybe it won't restart uncleanly, and have to be restarted manually.

Posted by: optix at January 5, 2005 6:16 AM
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