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Logrotate RFE (2)



Logrotate is the program called by cron to rename and expire log
files.  Ruedinger Oertel at SUSE (ro suse de) has some patches that
enhance the basic Redhat logrotate with "dateext".  This allows a
dated log file extension rather than a numbered one, for example 
/var/log/messages.20031029 .  The old logfiles do not get renamed,
just discarded after they get too old.  This is a lot easier on
rsync, and it also is easier to administer.  

Ruediger's patches do not change the current logrotate behavior, just
adds new features.   The code patches are stable and very well
tested - all SUSE users are using them - and they work fine with
the old integer-suffix scheme (which I ran for some time, to test).


What are the proper steps to get these patches folded into the main
development path for Fedora Core?  I mentioned this on this list in
October with a few positive comments, and submitted an RFE to bugzilla:

  https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=108775 

... but there have been no responses since early November.  This patch
can significantly increase the efficiency of rsync disk-to-disk
backups, and overall is a cleaner way to do things.  Hundreds of
thousands of SUSE users have tested the snarf out of it.  

So what can I do?  Organize more Redhat-style testers?  Run more
compatability tests?  Or is this one of those not-invented-here or
not-important-enough things, and I should just patch and reinstall
every time I upgrade Fedora?  

In the larger sense, what can I do to make it easier for the Fedora
organizers to incorporate small enhancements like this?  Help with
other, more popular projects to earn credibility?  Send beer and pizza?  

Keith

-- 
Keith Lofstrom           keithl ieee org         Voice (503)-520-1993
KLIC --- Keith Lofstrom Integrated Circuits --- "Your Ideas in Silicon"
Design Contracting in Bipolar and CMOS - Analog, Digital, and Scan ICs




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