How to add a file to logrotate on Linux

Tyler Tyler (285)
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If you have a log file that gets written to frequently, you will want to add it to logrotate so it doesn't consume all of your disk space. Logrotate will rotate the log according to your specifications and delete old logs.

Here's everything you'll need to complete this guide:


Using your favorite editor (vim), edit /etc/logrotate.conf. vim /etc/logrotate.conf

At the end of logrotate.conf, add the full path to your log file followed by open and close curly brackets. There are many options you can add like the frequency to rotate "daily/weekly/monthly" and the number of rotations to keep "rotate 2/rotate 3". For a full list of options go to Each option gets added in between the curly brackets and on their own line.