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From https://fedorahosted.org/logrotate/:

The logrotate utility is designed to simplify the administration of log files on a system which generates a lot of log files. Logrotate allows for the automatic rotation compression, removal and mailing of log files. Logrotate can be set to handle a log file daily, weekly, monthly or when the log file gets to a certain size.

By default, logrotate's rotation consists of renaming existing log files with a numerical suffix, then recreating the original empty log file. For example, /var/log/syslog.log is renamed /var/log/syslog.log.1. If /var/log/syslog.log.1 already exists from a previous rotation, it is first renamed /var/log/syslog.log.2. (The number of backlogs to keep can be configured.)


logrotate is available in [core] and is installed as a member of the base group.

# pacman -S logrotate

Typically, logrotate is run via a cron job; /etc/cron.daily/logrotate is included in the package.


The primary configuration file for logrotate is /etc/logrotate.conf; additional configuration files are included from the /etc/logrotate.d directory.