For more than a year I have been running my own virtual host (thanks to Tom for helping with the setup of the mail system). Before I had almost no skills regarding Linux administration. Meanwhile I’m kindof able to maintain it and add this and that. For a while a few tasks have been pending
Frequent logging file reports
Moving backup files to some external storage service
Due to my pretty constrained time budget only now I was able to spend some hours on getting some task done.
For Frequent logging file reports I added logwatch to my system, customized it in /etc/logwatch/conf/logwatch.conf.
# Default person to mail reports to. Can be a local account or a# complete email address.MailTo= recipient@domain
# Default person to mail reports from. Can be a local account or a# complete email address.MailFrom= Logwatch
# If set to 'Yes', the report will be sent to stdout instead of being# mailed to above person.Print= No
I added logwatch to my daily cron jobs in /etc/cron.daily/logwatch
test -x /usr/share/logwatch/scripts/logwatch.pl ||exit 0
I added a /etc/cron.monthly/backup script for performing monthly backups of important system files
now=`date +%Y%m%d%H%M`hostname=`hostname`outputFolder=$outputFolder/$hostname/$nowif[ -d $outputFolder]thenecho"Backup has alread run on '$hostname' for '$now'"exit 1
else mkdir --parents --verbose $outputFolderfiecho backup...
tar $options --file=$outputFolder/backup.tar.gz --exclude=/var/cache/* --exclude=/var/spool/* --exclude=/var/lock/* --exclude=/var/run/* --exclude=/var/tmp/* --exclude=/var/log/* /var /etc /home 1>$outputFolder/backup.log
echo"Backup for $hostname ready at $outputFolder/backup.tar.gz"| mail -s "Backup completed for $hostname `date`" recipient@domain