package async_unix

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Description of boundaries for file rotation.

If all fields are None the file will never be rotated. Any field set to Some will cause rotation to happen when that boundary is crossed. Multiple boundaries may be set. Log rotation always causes incrementing rotation conditions (e.g., size) to reset.

The condition keep is special and does not follow the rules above. When a log is rotated, keep is examined and logs that do not fall under its instructions are deleted. This deletion takes place on rotation only, and so may not happen. The meaning of keep options are:

  • `All -- never delete
  • `Newer_than span -- delete files with a timestamp older than Time.sub ( ()) span. This normally means keeping files that contain at least one message logged within span. If span is short enough this option can delete a just-rotated file.
  • `At_least i -- keep the i most recent files

Log rotation does not support symlinks, and you're encouraged to avoid them in production applications. Issues with symlinks:

  • You can't tail symlinks without being careful (e.g., you must remember to pass -F to `tail`).
  • Symlinks are hard to reason about when the program crashes, especially on startup (i.e., is the symlink pointing me at the right log file?).
  • Atomicity is hard.
  • Symlinks encourage tailing, which is a bad way to communicate information.
  • They complicate archiving processes (the symlink must be skipped).
val sexp_of_t : t -> Sexplib0.Sexp.t
module type Id_intf = sig ... end
val create : ?messages:int -> ?size:Core.Byte_units.t -> ?time:Time_float_unix.Ofday.t -> ?zone:Time_float_unix.Zone.t -> keep:[ `All | `Newer_than of Time_float_unix.Span.t | `At_least of int ] -> naming_scheme: [ `Numbered | `Timestamped | `Dated | `User_defined of (module Id_intf) ] -> unit -> t
val default : ?zone:Time_float_unix.Zone.t -> unit -> t

Sane defaults for log rotation.

Writes dated log files. Files are rotated every time the day changes in the given zone (uses the machine's zone by default). If the dated log file already exists, it's appended to.

Logs are never deleted. Best practice is to have an external mechanism archive old logs for long-term storage.


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