I’m using Postgres 9.5 on Ubuntu 14.04. I notice I’m generating a lot of Postgres logs in


. I would like to limit the size of this file, and doing some time based rotation (e.g. daily) is not an option. Is there any way I can tell Postgres to rotate its logs once they reach a certain size?


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The PostgreSQL Error reporting and logging documentation states:

log_rotation_size (integer)

When logging_collector is enabled, this parameter determines the maximum size of an individual log file. After this many kilobytes have been emitted into a log file, a new log file will be created. Set to zero to disable size-based creation of new log files. This parameter can only be set in the postgresql.conf file or on the server command line.

So, I guess you should set this parameter to the desired value. My postgresql.conf option has the default values:

#log_rotation_size = 10MB       # Automatic rotation of logfiles will  
                # happen after that much log output.  
                # 0 disables.  
  • I set this but it is still not rotating the logs .. maybe I there is something else I need to do besides restarting the PostGres server?
    – Dave
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 23:39
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    Is logging_collector enabled ?
    – joanolo
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 18:13

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