Implementing Logrotate for large log files

The magento logs are created in /my-site-root/var/log/*.log

They are:

    -rwxrwxr-- 1 www-data www-data  19M Jun 26 08:05 debug.log
    -rwxrwxr-- 1 www-data www-data 1.1M Jun 26 08:05 exception.log
    -rwxrwxr-- 1 www-data www-data 1.6M Jun 26 08:08 magento.cron.log
    -rwxrwxr-- 1 www-data www-data 1.6M Jun 26 08:08 setup.cron.log
    -rwxrwxr-- 1 www-data www-data 228K Jun 26 08:05 system.log
    -rwxrwxr-- 1 www-data www-data 1.1M Jun 26 08:08 update.cron.log
    -rwxrwxr-- 1 www-data www-data 3.1M Jun 26 08:08 update.log

The problem is that magento 2 does not manage the deletion of these things. So the debug.log and update.log can grow really big, in order of magnitude of Gigabytes.

Implementing Logrotate

So let us deal with this issue so we don’t have to remind ourselves to delete them from time to time

Create a file in /etc/logrotate.d/ called magento2

Add the following contents and save:

    /var/www/shooting/var/log/*.log {
        size 10M
        rotate 50
        dateformat -%Y-%m-%d-%s


  • size - when any of the *.log files become larger than 10M they are rotated
  • missingok - if there are no logs there, do not panic
  • rotate - Number of rotations to keep
  • compress + delaycompress - compress the log after rotation, but keep the most recent uncompressed.
  • notifempty - Do not logrotate if empty
  • create - Not needed as magento handles log creation
  • dateext - Add a date extension to rotated files
  • dateformat - Sets the dateformat of the dateext