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improving log management

From: Euler Taveira de Oliveira <euler(at)timbira(dot)com>
To: Pgsql Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: improving log management
Date: 2010-01-14 03:00:53
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We support several methods for logging server messages. The "native" methods
(stderr, csvlogs) has poor management. We can't compress logs, send them to
another location/server, or just remove old ones. Another problem is that we
can't remove (automatically) old logs based on the number of existing log
files (of course we can do it using log_truncate_on_rotation and a
log_filename that matches the number of files -- but it *isn't* flexible). The
other log management softwares have a way to do that so why our logger doesn't
have such capability?

I want to propose a new command to be execute after the log file is rotated. A
GUC parameter log_after_rotation_command that takes a (set of) command(s) that
will be executed after a log file is rotated. It should be set only by
superuser. For example:

# compress and store the log file in another location
log_after_rotation_command = 'gzip %f && mv %p.gz /a/mylogs'

Depending on the comments, I will clean up the patch and send it later today.

  Euler Taveira de Oliveira


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