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Huge /var/log/lastlog failed during backup

Discussion in 'Backup / Archive Discussion' started by combato, May 21, 2012.

  1. combato

    combato New Member

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    Hi Pro's,

    I have some linux redhat servers with a huge lastlog file. I use "compression yes" in my dsm.sys but the TSM server still complains about "out of storage". I know I need more backup-volumes but how do I get rid of the problem with huge lastlog files?

    [root@appl133 log]# ls -lh lastlog
    -r-------- 1 root root 557G May 21 14:37 lastlog
    [root@appl133 log]#

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  3. Trident

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    Add to dsm.sys

    exclude /var/log/lastlog

    Run backup again, and it should happily continue

    Remember to restart tsm scheduler
     
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    It's a sparse file; it's not really that large on the disk. Trident's workaround is what I do as well.
     
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    Or,
    If you need the lastlog (in our case we need to keep it for audit purpose)

    Try This include/exclude statement in the in dsm.sys.
    include.compression /var/log/lastlog

    Or write a shell script to read the file and echo the contents to a new file which is included.
    Script in place to dump the contents of lastlog.
    Make the dsm.sys entries for preprocessorcmd, directory and file excludes on the servers and restart the scheduler.

    Some reference:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lastlog
    http://adsm.org/lists/html/ADSM-L/2006-10/msg00005.html
    http://www.mail-archive.com/adsm-l@vm.marist.edu/msg55622.html
     
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    OK, thanks! I then think I need to echo out a tail -500 to a new file to keep some history.

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