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Audit.log file grows and does not rotate automatically (2149278)

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  • 100% capacity used for /dev/sda3.
  • Size of audit.log is too large and /var/log/audit folder consumes majority of the space.
  • Saved logs from log rotate policy reference a date that is not in line with the policy.
  • Unable to connect to the vCenter Server as services are not started.
  • Running /etc/cron.daily/logrotate manually rotates logs as expected.


This article provides steps to reduce the audit.log size.


To resolve this issue:

  1. Change the root password of the appliance.
  2. Run this command to empty the audit.log.
    Note: This reduces the size to 0 but the log content is lost.
truncate audit.log --size 0

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