How to logrotate in MongoDB

MongoDB only rotates logs in response to the logRotate command, or when the mongod or mongos process receives a SIGUSR1 signal from the operating system.

Example 1: manually

# send SIGUSR1 signal
sudo kill -SIGUSR1 $(cat /var/lib/mongodb/mongod.lock)

# delete old logs
sudo rm -rf /var/log/mongodb/mongod.log.*

Example 2: logrotate command

logrotate is designed to ease administration of systems that generate large numbers of log files. It allows automatic rotation, compression, removal, and mailing of log files. Each log file may be handled daily, weekly, monthly, or when it grows too large.

Copy the following code into /etc/logrotate.d/mongodb and make sure that pathes and filenames in the script correspond with those in your system.

/var/log/mongodb/mongodb.log {
    rotate 7
        /bin/kill -SIGUSR1 `cat /var/lib/mongodb/mongod.lock` && 
        rm -f /var/log/mongodb/mongodb.log.????-??-??T??-??-??
  • daily - log files are rotated every day
  • rotate count - log files are rotated count times before being removed or mailed
  • compress - old versions of log files are compressed with gzip by default.
  • missingok - if the log file is missing, go on to the next one without issuing an error message.
  • notifempty - do not rotate the log if it is empty.
  • sharedscripts - normally, prescript and postscript scripts are run for each log which is rotated, meaning that a single script may be run multiple times for log file entries which match multiple files. If sharedscript is specified, the scripts are only run once, no matter how many logs match the wildcarded pattern.
  • postrotate/endscript - the lines between postrotate and endscript (both of which must appear on lines by themselves) are executed after the log file is rotated.
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