Is there any other way to trigger log reopen beside kill -USR1?

Jan-Philip Gehrcke jgehrcke at
Thu Jan 24 14:55:43 UTC 2013

Maybe I did not read carefully enough, but instead of relying on the 
$(date "+%Y%m%d") in the exact moment of renaming the file, you could 
use the last modification time of the file via. e.g.

$ stat -c %y ~/.bashrc | awk '{print $1}'

On a busy web server this should almost always correspond to the day 
when -- in your words -- the trigger was triggered :)



On 01/24/2013 03:42 PM, Liu Haifeng wrote:
> Sorry I note that I didn't describe it clearly. I am not looking for another way of log rotating, but afraid of any other 'trigger' make nginx reopen log file unexpectedly, which can break my logic. If its sure that no any hidden trigger other than my script, then my design is ok. I think there won't be such kind of trigger, and I have to make it sure.
> Regards.
> On 2013-1-24, at 21:00, Andre Jaenisch <andrejaenisch at> wrote:
>> 2013/1/24 Liu Haifeng <haifeng.813 at>:
>>> My goal is make the "current" log file renamed with the date pattern immediately, not after one day or other period.
>> My first thought would be creating a symbolic (see "man ln") from the
>> current log to the log-with-date-within-filename.
>> You would just have to change the symlink then … For example like
>> this:
>> So let access.log point to access.$(date "+%Y%m%d").log (see
>> ).
>> But I have no nginx running here at the moment.
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