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Thread: How to disable or clean up logs?

  1. #1
    Poisonous NNTP User

    Default How to disable or clean up logs?

    I hate logs! I don't need any of them for my simple use and they take up HD space. I'd like to disable all system logging on SUSE 11.1 with KDE. Or at least I'd like a tool to remove them periodically. I'm not very good with Linux and hate those Terminal programs and config files--I'd like something simple and effective here. Thanks!

  2. #2
    goldie NNTP User

    Default Re: How to disable or clean up logs?

    Poisonous wrote:
    > I'd like something simple and effective here. Thanks!


    how about safe, would you like it safe too? i do NOT know if the
    following is safe...use at your own risk..

    if it be simple enough to launch your favorite file manager as root
    and just delete the logs, then:

    NOTE: you didn't mention which DE you use nor your favorite file
    manager, so i'll *guess* you know the name of the file manager
    executable you want to launch (probably one of these: konqueror,
    dolphin, or nautilus) and that you are running either KDE or Gnome, so
    follow this:

    - make a full and complete system backup

    - reconsider the possibility of buying a larger hard drive and just
    ignoring the logs, until you need them

    - think about adjusting your log's automatic archiving and deletion
    rules (so you have logs which use less space)

    but, if *you* want to skip those three steps then:

    - press down and hold Alt key and then push F2

    - in the popped up blank type

    kdesu [your favorite file manager]
    OR
    gnomesu [your favorite file mananger]

    NOTE: pick the right one for if you are running KDE *or* GNOME

    - give the root password when asked

    - when the root powered file manager pops up

    - navigate to /var/log

    - delete the logs you "hate" the most

    goldie
    Note: Accuracy, completeness, legality, or usefulness of this posting
    may be illusive...i take no responsibility whatsoever if you trash
    your system..

  3. #3
    Camalen NNTP User

    Default Re: How to disable or clean up logs?

    Poisonous wrote:

    > I hate logs! I don't need any of them for my simple use and they take
    > up HD space.


    Uhhh, logs are the best side of your linux box! :-)

    > I'd like to disable all system logging on SUSE 11.1 with
    > KDE.


    That doesn't sound a very good path...

    > Or at least I'd like a tool to remove them periodically.


    That sounds a better approach :-)

    You can use "logrotate" which is a tool designed for managing logs ("man
    logrotate" to see *what* and *how* it does).

    > I'm not
    > very good with Linux and hate those Terminal programs and config
    > files--I'd like something simple and effective here. Thanks!


    Oops. If you don't like terminal programs you can search for any GUI
    frontend for logrotate... or you can just delete
    the "offending-long-time-stored-compressed" log files to free your disk.

    Greetings.

    --
    Camalen

  4. #4

    Default Re: How to disable or clean up logs?

    Go ahead, delete all your logs, but don't expect anyone here to be able to help you effectively when things later go wrong.

    Delete the old ones, sure, but I'd recommend going through those logs and making sure you've nailed all the warnings.

    /var/log/messages saved my life last week when I had a machine that was shutting down unexpectedly. Without that log, I'd have done the Windows/Ubuntu noob remedy - to re-install and whine.

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