You can request that an adapter create a new log file, often referred to as rolling over a log file. Typically, this is done when a log file becomes quite large. Log files grow indefinitely, though slowly under normal conditions.

Most notification adapter log files are small and rolling over a log file is not necessary. However, if you need to start a new log file, use the following methods:

  • For UNIX systems only, use the stop command.

  • For UNIX use the roll_log command.

    You can repeat the log file roll-over process as many times as you like. If you need to retain log files beyond the limit specified by the SM_BACKUP_FILE_LIMIT environment variable, you should copy or at least rename the .log.bak files as soon as they are created. The VMware Smart Assurance System Administration Guide contains additional information about managing and rolling over log files.