We recently got a file full message, I increased the file size for now but was wondering if there Is any purge capability for the logs?
An issue we're having is we have had to change the log files to size *NOMAX but when we install a new release the size is reset to the default 10,000 + 3x 1,000 = 13,000 records maximum. That is very small for a log file and sooner or later sending an email fails, causes a program to fail and other general trouble. This has happened to us twice now, despite a regular purge. We use MAILTOOL heavily for report distribution and last week we went over 13,000 in one week. Anything that you can do to prevent this such as increasing the default log size to something more reasonable? Open to any solutions.
I hate to set the default too large. I imagine I can make an update to the update programs to set the size of the log files. That way you can specify it there. I will put it on my to do list.
Even increasing the size to only 20000 records would help us. There are various alternatives. The root cause is upgrades to new versions resets our *NOMAX on the files back to the too-small IBM default (going back 30 years) of 13000 records.
Or on the installation instructions include steps to check and increase the log file sizes.
Thanks for considering.
MAILTOOL does not include an automatic purge file for the log files. This is because every shop is different and we made the choice to let each customer handle the files in their own way.
We've also covered this in a couple of newsletters, but in case you or anyone reading this wants more information, here is the layout of the MAILTOOL Log files:
File Name . . . . MLTLOGPF Library . . . . MAILTOOL Format Descr . . Mail Tool Log Format Name . . . RMLTLOG File Type . . . . PF Unique Keys - N Field Name FMT Start Lngth Dec Key Field Description MTUSER A 1 10 User Name MTDATE S 11 8 00 Date MTTIME S 19 6 00 Time MTEFROM A 25 256 Email From MTID S 281 13 00 Email ID MTSENT A 294 1 Sent
This is the Main file for the logs. There will be one entry for each email that is sent. Each email has a unique ID which is part of this file.
File Name . . . . MLTLOGDPF Library . . . . MAILTOOL Format Descr . . Mail Tool Log Detail Format Name . . . RMLTLOGD File Type . . . . PF Unique Keys - N Field Name FMT Start Lngth Dec Key Field Description MDEFROM A 1 256 Email From MDID S 257 13 00 Email ID MDETO A 270 256 Email To MDETYPE A 526 10 To Type
This is a "detail" file for the logs. For each recipient for an email there will be one entry in this file. Each entry will contain the recipient and the type (TO, CC or BCC). This file can be joined to the MLTLOGPF file by the unique email ID.
File Name . . . . MLTLOGAPF Library . . . . MAILTOOL Format Descr . . Mail Tool Log Att Det Format Name . . . RMLTLOGA File Type . . . . PF Unique Keys - N Field Name FMT Start Lngth Dec Key Field Description MAEFROM A 1 256 Email From MAID S 257 13 00 Email ID MAEFILE A 270 256 Email File
This is another "detail" file for the logs. For each attachment in an email there will be one record in this file. Again, this file can be joined to the MLTLOGPF file by the unique email ID.
Clearing/Archiving the MAILTOOL Log File
Each shop should set up their own archival/clearing process for these file. Some will want to clear these files every so often, while others will want to archive the data and then clear the files. Each shop should look at their own procedures to decide which option is best.