Managing log and accounting files

Both logging and accounting tend to generate a great deal of information, especially on a busy system. One of the decisions the Systems Administrator must make is what to do with these files. Options include:

• don't create them in the first place

The head-in-the-sand approach. Not a good idea.

• keep them for a few days, then delete them

If a problem hasn't been identified within a few days then assume there is no reasons to keep the log files. Therefore delete the existing ones and start from scratch.

• keep them for a set time and then archive them

Archiving these files might include compressing them and storing them online or copying them to tape.

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