Bug 474013

Summary: logrotate documentation does not discuss script arguments
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Reporter: Michael McEniry <michael.mceniry>
Component: logrotateAssignee: Jan Kalu┼ża <jkaluza>
Status: CLOSED ERRATA QA Contact: qe-baseos-daemons
Severity: low Docs Contact:
Priority: low    
Version: 5.2CC: azelinka, benny+bugzilla, bughunt, ovasik
Target Milestone: rcKeywords: ManPageChange
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Hardware: i686   
OS: Linux   
Fixed In Version: logrotate-3.7.4-12 Doc Type: Bug Fix
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: 602643 604981 (view as bug list) Environment:
Last Closed: 2011-05-18 10:57:36 EDT Type: ---
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Bug Blocks: 602643, 604981    

Description Michael McEniry 2008-12-01 14:25:19 EST
Description of problem:
The documentation for logrotate does not discuss how it provides arguments to prerotate/postrotate scripts.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

The man page for logrotate does not mention arguments passed to the prerotate and postrotate scripts. However, bugs 241766 and 445554 indicate that logrotate passes as arguments to the script the matching log files that (are about to be / have just been) rotated.

What is the official behavior? If multiple log files are matched in a block, then how does logrotate pass those as arguments? Is the behavior altered by wildcards versus explicit names? Is the behavior altered by sharedscripts versus nosharedscripts?
Comment 1 David Tonhofer 2010-04-24 12:00:22 EDT
Seconding this bug. The man page should actually *also* say that a bash script is actually accepted between the "prerotate/postrotate" and "endscript" tags (Or is it a sh script? how about on a Debian system? Can another shell be chosen?) It is all very experimentalist.

Still open for logrotate-3.7.4-9
Comment 4 RHEL Product and Program Management 2011-01-11 15:39:31 EST
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for
inclusion in the current release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Because the affected component is not scheduled to be updated in the
current release, Red Hat is unfortunately unable to address this
request at this time. Red Hat invites you to ask your support
representative to propose this request, if appropriate and relevant,
in the next release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Comment 5 RHEL Product and Program Management 2011-01-11 18:00:41 EST
This request was erroneously denied for the current release of
Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  The error has been fixed and this
request has been re-proposed for the current release.
Comment 10 errata-xmlrpc 2011-05-18 10:57:36 EDT
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
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