Archive every file in /var/logs

find /var/logs -name * | xargs tar -jcpf logs_`date +%Y-%m-%e`.tar.bz2

2009-06-02 19:48:47

What Others Think

This doesn't work because the shell expands the asterisk. You need to quote it. Another problem is that the tar file will contain the absolute path names of the log files, which is usually undesirable. Also, for regular usage, it is not a good idea to archive "live" log files that are currently growing. It's better to rotate them and then archive the rotated files. In other words, the archiving of log files should be part of the script that performs the rotation (a nightly cron job or whatever). On a side note, please use $() instead of backticks for command substitution. Technically both work the same, but backticks have a bunch of disadvantages: They can easily be confused with single quotes or apostrophes, and quoting becomes difficult and error-prone, especially if you need to nest multiple levels of command substitution.
inof · 511 weeks and 3 days ago
And, most distros can rotate & compress logfiles automatically anyways using the logrotate package (at least in debian/ubuntu). Logrotate usually runs as a cron job every hour/day/week/month/etc. See 'man logrotate' and /etc/logrotate.conf for more...
bwoodacre · 511 weeks and 3 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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