Log-Rotation for Apache

By Timothy Stroebele

The following statement will enable log rotation for Apache. The command is specified for installation in a Windows system. Please check paths for you own installation.
CustomLog “|C:/Polarion3.1.1/bundled/apache_2.0.59/bin/rotatelogs.exe C:/Polarion3.1.1/data/logs/apache/access.log 60” common

Log rotation works by a pipe to the rotatelogs.exe, which itself can be configured to rotate logs by time or by size. Try rotatelogs -? to get help.

The given statement is suitable for the access log file, which receive most of the log output. Look for further log configuration in httpd.conf and adopt them appropriately to rotate all Apache log files.

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