Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 436724
logrotate script performs unpleasant kill just to open new log files
Last modified: 2009-02-05 12:07:24 EST
Description of problem:
The httpd logrotate script uses SIGHUP rather than SIGUSR1
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. read /etc/logrotate.d/httpd
2. read /var/www/manual/stopping.html
Active httpd child connections abruptly terminated.
Active httpd child connections should continue to completion.
Creating new log files is not an urgent task that requires possibly active child
connections to be abruptly terminated. Much better to use SIGUSR1 which will
allow for graceful termination of child processes after completing any active
This greatly affects servers that serve a large number of HTTP connections. Log
rotation in my case occurs at minimum hourly. The easiest fix is to modify
httpd's init script to signal USR1 during reload.
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*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 221073 ***