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[EOL/EOE] [NSM] Log rotation/archiving failure



Article ID: KB28596 KB Last Updated: 18 Oct 2020Version: 2.0

Note: A product listed in this article has either reached hardware End of Life (EOL) OR software End of Engineering (EOE).  Refer to End of Life Products & Milestones for the EOL, EOE, and End of Support (EOS) dates.

Archival and purge of the device logs fails even when log retention policy is configured. This article discusses the reasons for this failure and presents a configuration procedure to correct it.


Despite log retention policy being enabled for archival of device logs, sometimes these logs do not rotate as per configuration.


I. When archived location set is on the local server:

  1. The tar files are being created in the directory where device logs are stored (Default: /var/netscreen/DevSvr/logs) and not under the archived location path.

  2. The archived files are not created and the logs are not purged.

  3. Error seen in errorLog file /usr/netscreen/DevSvr/var/errorLog/deviceDaemon.0 are:
  4. [12/07/2013 07:51:17.352] [Error] [11256752-soLogDbUtils.c:4555] command (/bin//mv /usr/netscreen/DevSvr/var/logs/20131127_0.tar.gz /home/admin) failed
    [12/04/2013 15:05:16.441] [Error] [13677456-soLogDbUtils.c:4995] soTestDir ('/root/archives') failed

    II. When archived location set is on a remote server:

    [12/07/2013 09:00:41.393] [Error] [11514800-soLogDbUtils.c:4555] command (/usr/bin/scp /usr/netscreen/DevSvr/var/logs/20131127_0.tar.gz
    nsm@ failed

The task of log retention/archival/purge belongs to user "nsm". It is important that the archival path set is a directory accessible by user "nsm". Otherwise, permission protocols will not permit user "nsm" to create the archived files in a desired directory.

To verify that the directory given in archived location is accessible by user "nsm", perform the following steps:
  1. Switch to nsm user: su - nsm

  2. Change directory location as specified in archived location.

If path is accessible, you will be able to enter the directory. However, if the path is inaccessible, it will display a "permission denied" message.)

For example:

[root@NSMXpress logs]# su - nsm
[nsm@NSMXpress ~]$ cd /home/admin/
-bash: cd: /home/admin/: Permission denied

Do not use /home/admin as a log archive location.

This concept is applicable when logs must be archived locally or remotely on some other server.

Modification History:
2020-10-18: Tagged article for EOL/EOE.
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