Updated logrotate packages that fix three bugs and add one enhancement are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
The logrotate utility simplifies the administration of multiple log files, allowing the automatic rotation, compression, removal, and mailing of log files.
Prior to this update, a conflict could occur when string arrays between the popt library and a hand-coded method written in logrotate were allocated and freed. As a consequence, the "compressoptions" directive in the logrotate configuration file caused logrotate to abort unexpectedly. This update modifies the underlying code to use the popt library instead. Now, logrotate works as expected.
Prior to this update, the ".rhn-cfg-tmp-" file exension was missing from the the list of extensions to be skipped when loading the configuration files. As a consequence, ".rhn-cfg-tmp-" files were loaded as normal configuration files and the rotation process was interrupted. This update adds the ".rhn-cfg-tmp-" extension to the list of extensions to be skipped.
Prior to this update, the logrotate utility did not check whether brackets were correctly matched in the configuration file. As a consequence, files were removed because logrotate did not detect the incorrectly matched brackets and did not stop the rotation process for the particular configuration file. This update modifies the underlying code to check the presence of brackets whether they are matched. Now, configuration files with bad syntax are skipped.
With this update, logrotate can rotate logs defined in configuration files that contain configuration errors.
All users of logrotate are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these bugs and add this enhancement.