/var/log/cobbler/tasks occupies high amount of disk space

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SUSE Manager 3
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Logs files in /var/log/cobber/tasks occupy a high amount of disk space:
# du -hs /var/log/cobbler/tasks/
4.2G    /var/log/cobbler/tasks


As disk space on SUSE Manager is very important monitor and until a solution has been implemented please use the following find command to locate files older than X days to delete:
find /var/log/cobbler/tasks/ -mtime +30 -exec rm {} \;
This will delete all files older than 30 days. In case find exits with an error about argument list too long please adjust the -mtime +30 value to something else like:
find /var/log/cobbler/tasks/ -mtime +90 -exec rm {} \;
find /var/log/cobbler/tasks/ -mtime +150 -exec rm {} \;
to reduce the list of files. Once all older files have been deleted, a cron job may help to avoid a future disk space issue:
# cat /etc/cron.d/cleanup_cobbler_tasks
5 12 * * 5 root /usr/bin/find /var/log/cobbler/tasks/* -mtime +30 -exec rm {} \;


cobbler logs are stored in separate files and not a single one, hence there is no logrotate available to clean up the directory. Over time this may consume several GiB of disk space.


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  • Document ID:7018625
  • Creation Date: 16-Feb-2017
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
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