vRealize Log Insight agents support several log rotation schemes.

Log rotation ensures that log files do not grow infinitely. There are several log rotation schemes, each designed for a particular set of use cases. vRealize Log Insight includes native support for the following schemes.

Table 1. Log Rotation Schemes Supported by vRealize Log Insight Agents

Log rotation scheme

Description

create-new

New log files are created when a size or time limit is reached. The logger process stops writing to the current log file and directs log output to a newly created file. No existing file is renamed or touched in any other way.

rename-recreate

When the log file becomes large enough, an external utility such as logrotate renames it. The logger process then creates a log file with the previous name.

copy-truncate

When the log file becomes large enough, an external utility such as logrotate copies it to a file with a different name and truncates the original file so that its size becomes 0. The logger process can continue to write logs to the original file.

You can use vRealize Log Insight data archiving to preserve old logs that might otherwise be removed through rotation. See Enable or Disable Data Archiving.