To effectively control and manage the growth of the General Log file in MariaDB and prevent server outages due to disk space exhaustion, you can utilize a combination of configuration settings, scripts, and tools. Here's a more detailed approach with specific scripts and tools:

1. Script for Monitoring Disk Space

Create a script that regularly checks the disk space used by the general log file and sends alerts if it exceeds a certain threshold. Here's a basic example in Bash: Schedule this script to run periodically using cron.

2. Implement Logrotate for MariaDB Log File

Create a logrotate configuration for the MariaDB general log to manage log rotation and prevent uncontrolled growth. Here's an example configuration: This configuration rotates the log daily, keeps 7 days of logs, compresses old versions, and performs a log flush each time the logs are rotated.

3. Disable General Logging When Not Needed

Use a script to enable general logging only during certain periods or under specific conditions:

4. Automated Cleanup Script

Write a script to clean up old log files manually if they exceed a certain age: This script deletes general log files older than 14 days.

5. Using MySQLTuner

Use MySQLTuner, a script that analyzes your MySQL performance and, among other things, can give insights into log file usage: Review the recommendations related to logging.

6. Archiving Logs

For logs that must be retained for compliance, consider a script that archives and compresses them: This script compresses the current log and then empties it.


Managing the General Log file in MariaDB involves a proactive approach using tools like logrotate, custom monitoring scripts, selective logging, and disk space management strategies. Regularly reviewing and managing the log file will help in preventing server outages due to disk space exhaustion.