I have an upstart service that it fills up the space. I need to move the logs from /var/log/upstart to a different directory /pub/data/logs/order_server. I tried to do it using

console log --logdir /pub/data/logs/order_server

but it gives an error

start: Unknown job: order_server

checking the file

$ init-checkconf /etc/init/order_server.conf
ERROR: failed to ask Upstart to check conf file

The story is similar to this one. I ended up doing the hack exec /path/to/my/daemon --arg1 --arg2 >/mnt/log/XYZ 2>&1 as someone suggested.

The following is the service conf file

# Ubuntu upstart file at /etc/init/order_server.conf
description "order server dev version"

start on (local-filesystems and net-device-up)
stop on runlevel [06]

respawn limit 10 5

exec /pub/integration_prod/integration/order_server.sh >> /pub/data/logs/order_server/order_server.log 2>&1

Now the log file location is changed to the new location but getting it difficult to rotate the logs. The log file gets zipped up but a new log file is not created.

the upstart rotation looks something like this

/var/log/upstart/*.log /pub/data/logs/order_server/order_server.log {
        rotate 3

My initial intention is to fix it by using the console log option as suggested here. I hope someone can help.

1 Answer 1


The cookbook says --logdir is a command-line option, which means it's not an option that goes into an upstart job file, but on the command-line of Upstart itself. You can verify this in the init(8) manual page, cf. http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/precise/man8/init.8.html

   --logdir directory
          Write   job   output   log  files  to  a  directory  other  than

In other words, it's a global option, not a per-job option.

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