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I have a custom logging class that creates a log for each instance of the process and adds a unique id to the log file name, example:

  • process.1234.log
  • process.1235.log

Also I can add a date/time stamp as well, example:

  • process.1234.03012012.log
  • process.1235.03012012.log

Does LogRotate have the ability to use a regex so I could archive my log files by date and/or process id?

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I don't know if later versions do, but after researching further I found that shell wildcards are supported. Both * (match multiple characters) and ? (match a single character) can be combined to match specific files.

As an example, here are patterns which match your use case along with the rest of a file which could be found at /etc/logrotate.d/process


    # Look for previously matched log files and rotate daily if found

    # use date as a suffix of the rotated file

    # Compress log file, optional if the files are small enough

    # Allow for a log file pattern to NOT match in order to support both
    # filename formats

    # Do not create replacement log files, the application will do that

    # Keep 30 days worth of rotated logs
    maxage 30

However if you intended for process to be a placeholder for an actual process id, then I believe you can get away with using a wildcard in place of the process id number like so:


I hope this helps. I too went searching for a regex approach that would work and finally decided on the use of shell wildcards instead of what I felt were workable, but more complex solutions.

An example:

While searching for a regex solution I found a blog post titled, "Excluding files from logrotate globbing matches" which provided this solution:

/var/log/upstart/*.log {
    rotate 7
        bash -c "[[ ! $1 =~ testprogram ]]"

I ended up pulling two items out of that example and modified the match slightly. In my situation I wanted to rotate all files in a directory except for some input files which have a .inp extension.

This is what I came up with:

# Force the prerotate "script" below to be run on each individual file
# in order to verify that it isn't an unprocessed input file

# Skip rotating any unprocessed input files (*.inp extension)
   bash -c "[[ ! $1 =~ \.inp$ ]]"

According to logrotate -d /etc/logrotate.d/myfilename it appears to work. However as I mentioned I opted for the shell wildcards approach as it seemed easier for someone coming behind me to maintain.

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