Bug 74483 - Mailman logrotate problem hard to fix
Summary: Mailman logrotate problem hard to fix
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mailman (Show other bugs)
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Version: 7.3
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: John Dennis
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: 74482 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2002-09-25 06:02 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:46 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-04-24 19:47:51 UTC
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Description Need Real Name 2002-09-25 06:02:04 UTC
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Description of problem:
This refers to known bug in logrotate/mailman pertaining to incorrect
configuration that creates an infinite number of empty files in /var/log/mailman

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Disable mailman, but keep in on the system
2. run logrotate
3. watch files in /var/log/mailman
4. try to remove these files (rm -rf /var/log/mailman works best)
5. remove mailman from system (rpm -e mailman)
6. try to run logrotate again: it takes forever!

Actual Results:  A very large number of files were created in /var/log/mailman
(300,000+ in my case), named thus:


*BUT ALSO* a very large (17MB+) status file was created as


Expected Results:  Logrotate takes too much time to complete (hours!)

Additional info:

To fix logrotate, one must also:

1- delete /var/lib/logrotate.status

2- run /usr/sbin/logrotate -v -f  /etc/logrotate.conf

Comment 1 John Dennis 2003-04-24 19:45:05 UTC
*** Bug 74482 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 2 John Dennis 2003-04-24 19:47:51 UTC
I believe this was due to the presence of a wildcard in the pathname for the log
files. That was removed and a new logrotate script has been implemented to match
the new log and mailman daemon behavior.

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