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    Posted: 29 June 2003 at 5:49pm

Hi Roberto and all,

Is it possible to stop the scroll of the activity log console ?  Sometime I need to read some information at it and the amount of e-mails coming allways scroll the screen.

If itīs not possible, just one more wish list: include a button to stop the console (without stopping the writing to the logfile).

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Abel.

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I have just opened the log file in notepad or a text editor and searched for what I needed to find. When it notifies you that a newer version has been saved to the drive and asks you if you want to load it you can click no. You can also click save log to file. I'm not sure how much of the log is captured since normally I just open the log file.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Abel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 June 2003 at 7:09pm

George,

Actually Im doing this, opening the logfile. Think about two things:

1) opening a huge logfile (100Mb+) to just look for a piece of information is insane and uses a lot of memory of the server.

2) Since the scroll speed is high, I cant even read or see what Im going to search for in the logs...

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote George Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 June 2003 at 8:05pm
I agree with you. With log files that large you do have a problem. If the log files were stored in a database it might make it possible to view them, but even with that, the size would still be a problem About the only thing that would help is to have an option(this was suggested a while ago) where the logs broken up in smaller sizes, maybe once an hour. Since my logs a small in comparison I donít run into this problem, although as my email user numbers increase I will.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Desperado Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 June 2003 at 8:41pm

Able and George,

If you have perl on your system I have a VERY easy solution for the "Giant" log file issue. I can post a script I run from the Windows Scheduler to "cut" the logs up on the fly.  If you are running something other than Windows, you will have to modify the script (you will have to change the path in any event) and run it as a Cron job. It works under Windows because the log isn't "locked" but I don't know about Linux or BSD.  What it does is rename the active log file to what ever convention you wat to use, how ever often you schedule it and the next SMTP transaction starts a new log. I do this for my Sendmail server also but the Sendmail & POP3 service must be stopped because they DO lock the file.  I only do the Sendmail logs once a day at midnight. At this point, my SpamFilter logs are only about 40MB a day so I just let them roll over at midnight but I did try a 12 hour "cut" to make sure it would work for when the get too big.

I also schedule the to get zipped and archived once a week.  As an ISP, we need to keep all logs for as long as is reasonable.  We have all our mail logs going back to 1997 burnned to CD.

Large logs is a normal "fact of life" thing and is not specific to SpamFilter ISP.  You tend to come up with "tricks" to deal with them.  There are also ways to search for something in a log without loading the whole damn thing into notepad.  Many 3rd party text editors are much better at handling giant logs also.  The Unix / Linux / DBS folks out there have some advantage when it comes to large logs.  "Grep" is a great tool that doesn't exit in a Native form for windows.  I have seen 3rd party Grep for windows but have never use any of them.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LogSat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 June 2003 at 8:11pm

Abel,

The scrolling cannot be stopped (at least not now). We do realize that it can be usefull to freeze it, so will give it a try in the next builds. No promises though...!

Roberto F.
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