CentOS Exim Advanced Configuration Primer Tutorial

CentOS Exim Advanced Configuration Primer Tutorial

CentOS Exim Advanced Configuration Primer Tutorial

There are two file resource aspects to watch out for regarding a web server hard disk storage …

  • hard disk space
  • hard disk inode count (for Linux and unix web servers)

… which can, respectively, be monitored by Linux commands …

  • df -k /
  • df -i /

On our CentOS rjmprogramming.com.au web server recently we had occasion to do a check of this, and wanted to improve the web server hard disk situation for both measures, picking the /var folder of our web server. So we executed, respectively …

  • find /var -xdev -type f -size +100M
  • find /var -mtime -1 -ls

… the latter one being a list of files on /var modified in the last day being our idea to try to see what daily log filing might be contributing big time to hard disk inode usage. And that’s where we found out this way that our Exim Mail Server logs extensively, and that we could do without those in folders off …


We tried the latter of two deletion ideas we show below …

  • all at once via …

    cd /var/spool/exim
    find msglog -type f -exec rm -rf {} \;
  • broken up … via a series of deletions of the ilk …

    cd /var/spool/exim/msglog
    rm -f A/*
    rm -f a/*

Then the next job was to stop Exim remaking these logs and wish to thank this useful link for great advice here, that led to this advice we give …

  1. log in to WHM cPanel
  2. in search bar type “Exim”
  3. click the “Exim Configuration Manager”
  4. click “Advanced Editor” tab (up the top)
  5. click the blue “Add additional configuration setting” button well down the webpage
  6. click “message_logs” in left hand drop down
  7. set value of this setting to “false”
  8. click blue “Save” button down the bottom of webpage to complete the steps here

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