Bro 2.5 and log rotation

I guess I’m in this boat as well. Since my upgrade, bro will stop rotating logs at some point. I’m not running bro via broctl. Here’s my process for log rotation:

redef Log::default_rotation_interval = 86400 secs;
redef Log::default_rotation_postprocessor_cmd = “archive-log”;

LogRotationInterval = 86400

sudo /usr/local/bro/bin/broctl install

sudo ln -s /usr/local/bro/share/broctl/scripts/archive-log /usr/local/bin/
sudo ln -s /usr/local/bro/share/broctl/scripts/ /usr/local/bin/
sudo ln -s /usr/local/bro/share/broctl/scripts/make-archive-name /usr/local/bin/
sudo ln -s /usr/local/bro/share/broctl/scripts/expire-logs /usr/local/bin/
sudo ln -s /usr/local/bro/share/broctl/scripts/delete-log /usr/local/bin/
sudo ln -s /usr/local/bro/share/broctl/scripts/cflow-stats /usr/local/bin/
sudo ln -s /usr/local/bro/share/broctl/scripts/stats-to-csv /usr/local/bin/

This will work for a while. But at some point it stops:

at the core I believe it’s because bro, after sometime, won’t respond to a “normal” kill command. A “sudo killall bro” will do nothing. Usually I’ll “sudo killall bro”, wait a minute, and then my spool directory will be empty, I’ll have an email with stats, and I’ll have my new archive directory. I’ll have to -9 it in order to get it to stop, I’ve restarted this morning and will see how many days it will go. Thank you.


I've seen this before when people are generating really huge logs and IO on their system goes crazy because the previous logs are still being compressed which runs into a downward spiral that it never recovers from. For those logs that you have which haven't been rotated as you expected, was there a gzip process running in the background? I suspect that you have a lot of gzip processes running and a very high system load.


Thanks Seth,

Interestingly, this is on my home network…the largest compressed file in looking at past logs was tcprecovery at 7.8 megs. On a hunch, after this issue came up again on Christmas day, I disabled TCPRS and have had no issues since.