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logrotate (50) Versions 2.0.0

Installs logrotate package and provides a resource for managing logrotate configs

cookbook 'logrotate', '= 2.0.0', :supermarket
cookbook 'logrotate', '= 2.0.0'
knife supermarket install logrotate
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logrotate Cookbook

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Manages the logrotate package and provides a definition to manage
application specific logrotate configuration.


Should work on any platform that includes a 'logrotate' package and
writes logrotate configuration to /etc/logrotate.d. Tested on Ubuntu,
Debian and Red Hat/CentOS.



Generates and controls a global /etc/logrotate.conf file that will
include additional files generated by the logrotate_app definition
(see below). The contents of the configuration file is controlled
through node attributes under node['logrotate']['global']. The
default attributes are based on the configuration from the Ubuntu
logrotate package.

To define a valueless directive (e.g. compress, copy) simply add
an attribute named for the directive with a truthy value:

node['logrotate']['global']['compress'] = 'any value here'

Note that defining a valueless directive with a falsey value will not
make it false, but will remove it:

# Removes a defaulted 'compress' directive; does not add a 'nocompress' directive.
node.override['logrotate']['global']['compress'] = false

To fully override a booleanish directive like compress, you should
probably remove the positive form and add the negative form:

node.override['logrotate']['global']['compress'] = false
node.override['logrotate']['global']['nocompress'] = true

The same is true of frequency directives; to be certain the frequency
directive you want is included in the global configuration, you should
override the ones you don't want as false:

%w[ daily weekly yearly ].each do |freq|
  node.override['logrotate']['global'][freq] = false
node.override['logrotate']['global']['monthly'] = true

To define a parameter with a value (e.g. create, mail) add an
attribute with the desired value:

node['logrotate']['global']['create'] = '0644 root adm'

To define a path stanza in the global configuration (generally
unneeded because of the logrotate_app definition) just add an
attribute with the path as the name and a hash containing directives
and parameters as described above:

node['logrotate']['global']['/var/log/wtmp'] = {
  'missingok' => true,
  'monthly'   => true,
  'create'    => '0660 root utmp',
  'rotate'    => 1

firstaction, prerotate, postrotate, and lastaction scripts can
be defined either as arrays of the lines to put in the script or
multiline strings:

node['logrotate']['global']['/var/log/foo/*.log'] = {
  'missingok'  => true,
  'monthly'    => true,
  'create'     => '0660 root adm',
  'rotate'     => 1,
  'prerotate'  => ['service foo start_rotate', 'logger started foo service log rotation'],
  'postrotate' => <<-EOF
    service foo end_rotate
    logger completed foo service log rotation



This definition can be used to drop off customized logrotate config
files on a per application basis.

The definition takes the following params:

  • path: specifies a single path (string) or multiple paths (array) that should have logrotation stanzas created in the config file. No default, this must be specified.
  • enable: true/false, if true it will create the template in /etc/logrotate.d.
  • frequency: sets the frequency for rotation. Default value is 'weekly'. Valid values are: hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, see the logrotate man page for more information. Note that usually logrotate is configured to be run by cron daily. You have to change this configuration and run logrotate hourly to be able to really rotate logs hourly. Hourly rotation requires logrotate v3.8.5 or higher.
  • dateformat: specifies date extension with %Y, %m, %d, and %s. The default value is -%Y%m%d.
  • size: Log files are rotated when they grow bigger than size bytes.
  • maxsize: Log files are rotated when they grow bigger than size bytes even before the additionally specified time interval.
  • su: Rotate log files set under this user and group instead of using default user/group.
  • template: sets the template source, default is "logrotate.erb".
  • template_mode: the mode to create the logrotate template with (default: "0440")
  • template_owner: the owner of the logrotate template (default: "root")
  • template_group: the group of the logrotate template (default: "root")
  • cookbook: select the template source from the specified cookbook. By default it will use the template from the logrotate cookbook.
  • create: creation parameters for the logrotate "create" config, follows the form "mode owner group". This is an optional parameter, and is nil by default.
  • firstaction: lines to be executed once before all log files that match the wildcarded pattern are rotated, before pre-rotate script is run and only if at least one log will actually be rotated
  • postrotate: lines to be executed after the log file is rotated
  • prerotate: lines to be executed before the log file is rotated
  • lastaction: lines to be executed once after all log files that match the wildcarded pattern are rotated, after postrotate script is run and only if at least one log is rotated
  • rotate: Log files are rotated this many times before being removed or mailed.
  • sharedscripts: if true, the sharedscripts options is specified which makes sure prescript and postscript commands are run only once (even if multiple files match the path)


The default recipe will ensure logrotate is always up to date.

To create application specific logrotate configs, use the
logrotate_app definition. For example, to rotate logs for a tomcat
application named myapp that writes its log file to

logrotate_app 'tomcat-myapp' do
  cookbook  'logrotate'
  path      '/var/log/tomcat/myapp.log'
  frequency 'daily'
  rotate    30
  create    '644 root adm'

To rotate multiple logfile paths, specify the path as an array:

logrotate_app 'tomcat-myapp' do
  cookbook  'logrotate'
  path      ['/var/log/tomcat/myapp.log', '/opt/local/tomcat/catalina.out']
  frequency 'daily'
  create    '644 root adm'
  rotate    7

To specify which logrotate options, specify the options as an array:

logrotate_app 'tomcat-myapp' do
  cookbook  'logrotate'
  path      '/var/log/tomcat/myapp.log'
  options   ['missingok', 'delaycompress', 'notifempty']
  frequency 'daily'
  rotate    30
  create    '644 root adm'

License & Authors

Copyright 2009, Scott M. Likens
Copyright 2011-2012, Chef Software, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.

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logrotate Cookbook CHANGELOG

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the
logrotate cookbook.


  • Convert the logrotate_app definition to a resource
  • Accept all options included in logrotate 3.9.2

Known incompatibilities

  • The cookbook parameter to logrotate_app is no longer accepted.


Bug Fixes

  • Fix deprecation warnings from ChefSpec


Bug Fixes

  • Fixes regression in the sharedscripts logrotate_app parameter (Bug #69)



  • All configuration options from the logrotate 3.8.8 manual page can
    be used by the global configuration and the logrotate_app

  • Berkshelf is no longer a development dependency of the
    logrotate cookbook.

  • Rubocop lint failures have been resolved.


Resolved Bugs

  • su parameter now supported in global config.


  • firstaction and lastaction attributes documented in the README
  • rotate attribute documented in the README
  • Use hash-rocket syntax in rspec matcher to maintain 1.9 support.



  • Use raise rather than Application.fatal! to prevent killing a daemonized chef-client


  • Chefspec matcher for logrotate_app definition
  • Support the following options: compressoptions, maxage, shred/shredcycles, extension, tabooext
  • Add Solaris support



  • Fix documentation error


  • Support for options "compresscmd", "uncompresscmd", "compressext"
  • Allow nodateext as parameter for logrotate_app definition
  • Move to chefspec ~> 3.0



  • Fix missing end tag in template
  • Don't re-initialize constants.
  • Fix rubocop finding


  • [COOK-3911] Allow to use maxsize parameter.
  • [COOK-4000] Allow to use dateyesterday option.
  • [COOK-4024] Allow to use su parameter.
  • [COOK-4175] Allows use of the dateformat parameter.
  • Loosen test-kitchen version constraint
  • Add rvm files to gitignore



  • COOK-3632 - Raise Exception when adding more than one invalid option
  • COOK-3141 - Do not duplicate template entires for multiple paths
  • COOK-3034 - Update logrotate_app params to accept arrays and strings


  • COOK-2646 - Add ability to choose file mode for logrotate template



  • COOK-3341 - Add optional frequency and rotate params when defined globally
  • COOK-3298 - Use Array instead of respond_to?(:each)
  • COOK-3285 - Change logrotate.d config file mode to 0644
  • COOK-3250 - Add minsize


  • COOK-3274 - Fix README typo that suggested the opposite action

New Feature



  • [COOK-2872]: Add firstaction/lastaction ability to logrotate
  • [COOK-2908]: Argument error in logrotate_app definition


  • [COOK-2401] - Add the ability to manage the global logrotate configuration


  • [COOK-2218] - Logrotate size parameter


  • [COOK-1027] - Add support for pre-/post-rotate commands
  • [COOK-1338] - Update log rotate for more flexibility of rotate options
  • [COOK-1598] - "Create" isn't a mandatory option

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