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4.11 Compressing old log files

In the previous two sections we have looked at how to rotate old log files and how to execute shell commands. If you keep a lot of old log files around on your system, you might want to compress them so that they don't take up so much space. You can do this with a shell command. The example below looks for files matching a shell wildcard. Names of the form `file.1', `file.2'...`file.10' will match this wildcard and the compression program sees that they get compressed. The output is dumped to avoid spurious messages.


  "$(gnu)/gzip /var/log/*.[0-9] /var/log/*.[0-9][0-9]  > /dev/null 2>&1"

Cfagent will also recognize rotated files if they have been compressed, with suffixes `.Z', `.gz', `.rbz' or `.rbz'.

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