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Increase rotation for atop.acct
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We have an accounting file atop.acct stored in /run/atop/atop.acct. This rotates one per month.
If we have very often command execution from CLI via SSH (some automated process) then we have issue with full utilisation /run partition

vyos@vyos:~$ df -lh
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
tmpfs      400M 392M 8.0M  99% /run

vyos@vyos:~$ sudo ls -lh /run/atop/atop.acct
-rw------- 1 root root 192M Dec 23 08:45 /run/atop/atop.acct

I think in this case we have a workaround, but I hope we can change reduce rotation time by default.
create script /config/scripts/ and add

sudo killall atop
sudo /usr/sbin/invoke-rc.d atop _cron

add permission for executing script

chmod +x /config/scripts/

and add cron rules

set system task-scheduler task ATOP_FIX executable path '/config/scripts/'
set system task-scheduler task ATOP_FIX interval '60m'


Difficulty level
Unknown (require assessment)
Why the issue appeared?
Will be filled on close
Is it a breaking change?
Unspecified (possibly destroys the router)

Event Timeline

Dmitry created this task.Jan 22 2020, 10:29 AM
syncer added a subscriber: syncer.Jan 22 2020, 10:39 AM

Why we not fix just logrotate config for it?

c-po added a subscriber: c-po.Jan 22 2020, 7:49 PM

When using logrotate we can take full owership about the resources that will be used for number of files and its size - so i think this will be the best approach.

logrotate supports handling binary files (see

pasik added a subscriber: pasik.Jan 23 2020, 10:02 AM
syncer triaged this task as Normal priority.Feb 8 2020, 3:07 PM
Dmitry changed the task status from Open to In progress.Mar 20 2020, 9:33 PM

Thanks @syncer and @c-po . As I understand logrotate run once per day. I hope this will be enough

vyos@vyos:~# ls /etc/cron.daily/ | grep logro
vyos@vyos:~# cat /etc/crontab | grep daily
25 6	* * *	root	test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.daily )

So, now I have logrotate script for atop on my test router

cat /etc/logrotate.d/atop 
/run/atop/atop.acct {
	rotate 0
	size 50M
		/etc/init.d/atop restart

With manually run, seems all works

logrotate /etc/logrotate.d/atop --verbose
reading config file /etc/logrotate.d/atop

Handling 1 logs

rotating pattern: /run/atop/atop.acct  52428800 bytes (no old logs will be kept)
empty log files are rotated, old logs are removed
considering log /run/atop/atop.acct
  log needs rotating
rotating log /run/atop/atop.acct, log->rotateCount is 0
dateext suffix '-20200320'
glob pattern '-[0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9]'
renaming /run/atop/atop.acct.1 to /run/atop/atop.acct.2 (rotatecount 1, logstart 1, i 1), 
old log /run/atop/atop.acct.1 does not exist
renaming /run/atop/atop.acct.0 to /run/atop/atop.acct.1 (rotatecount 1, logstart 1, i 0), 
old log /run/atop/atop.acct.0 does not exist
log /run/atop/atop.acct.2 doesn't exist -- won't try to dispose of it
renaming /run/atop/atop.acct to /run/atop/atop.acct.1
disposeName will be /run/atop/atop.acct.1
running postrotate script
Restarting atop (via systemctl): atop.service.
removing old log /run/atop/atop.acct.1
c-po added a comment.Mar 21 2020, 9:03 AM

Nice. What is atop actually used for?

Sometimes we use this for detecting memleak and some clients issues with high CPU load. When we get users /var/log/atop* then we can reproduce locally and find wrong process, memleaking etc.

Following script more appreciated

/run/atop/atop.acct {
	rotate 0
	size 100M
		if [ -e $PIDFILE ] && \
			ps -p `cat $PIDFILE` | grep 'atop$' > /dev/null
			kill -15 `cat $PIDFILE`
			rm $PIDFILE
		sleep 1
		/etc/init.d/atop restart
Dmitry closed this task as Resolved.May 6 2020, 1:58 PM
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