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Linuxcare: Dear Lina: Leaping Logfiles!

Nov 16, 1999, 20:43 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Dear Lina,
I recently noticed my disk is almost out of space. It's not like I'm doing anything fancy with it (I have another machine where I have a big MP3 collection, I would have expected it there). I looked around and /var/log is full of these huge files. I mean, it's nice to know what my box is thinking about when I'm not around, but can't I get it to get rid of old stuff?"

"Logfiles filling up a disk is a problem that can creep up on you and break things in mysterious ways. For instance, if you're editing a file and try to save it when the disk is full, some editors will give an error. So keeping some free space on the disk at all times is very important, and you should make sure your system is set up properly so this doesn't happen again, dear. Just be thankful you caught onto the situation before losing important data."

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