exicyclog - program to cycle exim logs
The exicyclog script cycles the main and reject log files. Each time it
is run the files get 'shuffled down' by one. The mainlog file becomes
mainlog.1, the previous mainlog.1 becomes mainlog.2 and so on, up to a
limit which is set in the script, and which defaults to 10. However, if
no mainlog file exists, the script does nothing. Reject logs are handled
similarly. Files that 'drop off' the end are deleted. All files
with numbers greater than 1 are compressed, using a compression command
which is configured in the script.
It is usual to run exicyclog daily from a crontab entry of the form
1 0 * * * /usr/sbin/exicyclog
In this way, each day's log is (mostly) in a separate file. There will
be some overlap from processes that have the log open at the time of
The exicyclog script can be run as the Exim user when one is defined,
as the log files will be owned by that user in that case. Otherwise it
has to be run as root.
There is extensive documentation available in /usr/share/doc/exim and
in the info system regarding exim. Please be sure to have the exim-doc
This manual page was stitched together by Christoph Lameter <firstname.lastname@example.org> from the original documentation coming with the sourcepackage
for the Debian GNU/Linux system.
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