logrotate is slow if a lot of logfiles exist

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The logrotate script is run once a day to ensure logfiles do not exceed a certain size.
When a predefined limit is reached, that logfile will be compressed and a new file will be created and used instead.

Under certain situations like if tens of thousands logfiles exist, logrotate would not finish until the next run is scheduled and the rotation will fail.

Reason is a not very efficient algorithm to discover logfiles to rotate


The easiest resolution clearly is to avoid such a lot of logfiles.

Logrotate on SLES10 SP2 is fixed with logrotate-3.7.3-13.8.
SLES11 already comes with that fix.


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  • Document ID:7002072
  • Creation Date: 03-Dec-2008
  • Modified Date:05-Mar-2021
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