Clearing old logs from Web Viewer 14.0 filesystem Deleting
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Clearing old logs from Web Viewer 14.0 filesystem Deleting


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Output Management Web Viewer


Since installing Webviewer, our ZFS files are getting larger and larger, and it seems to be that log files are not being deleted in the .$CAWVHOME/logs/   directory. This is taking unnecessary disk space. Is there some option to delete or only retain for a set period or some housekeeping that has been over looked?



Release : 14.0

Component: Web Viewer



Note that log4j2 does have a method for deleting old log files via the DefaultRolloverStrategy – but it is not in the sample log4j2.xml file that is distributed. 

Make a backup of your log4j2.xml file before making any changes 

Here is a sample DefaultRolloverStrategy that deletes log files after 50 days: -

<DefaultRolloverStrategy max="14">                   

    <Delete basePath="${logPath}/" maxDepth="1">     

         <IfFileName glob="*.log" />                 

         <IfLastModified age="50d" />                




The 50 days comes from age=”50d” which can be changed.

Note that this only gets triggered when the day rolls over, if you want it triggered at startup time as well, add OnStartupTriggeringPolicy as a Policy.  For example:-




    <!-- <SizeBasedTriggeringPolicy size="1 KB" /> -->


Additional Information

IMPORTANT: Log4j only does the clean-up when the policy is triggered.  According to the log4j documentation, <TimeBasedTriggeringPolicy/> means the policy will be triggered once the date/time pattern no longer applies to the active file.  Since Web Viewer only calls log4j when a log message is issued that means the date has to change and a log message has to be written – if there is no activity in Web Viewer and no log records are being written then the policy will not be triggered.

 To force the policy to be triggered at start-up (ie when the first log record is written) you will need to add <OnStartupTriggeringPolicy /> in <Policies>.

see the official Apache Log4j Documentation.