Can I safely delete gitlab-shell.log?

Sorry if this is a noob question. My server is low on disk space. I see that gitlab-shell.log is 1.6GB with entries going back much farther than is useful. I checked the documentation and it seems that this file isn’t just a simple log. The phrasing makes it sound as if this file contains important information such as SSH keys. How can I safely reclaim space used by this file?

Hi benjit,

I would request you to take a backup of this file, using below command

tar -cvzf /<BACKUP_LOCATION/gitlab-shell.log.tar.gz gitlab-shell.log

And then run this command to empty this file

echo > gitlab-shell.log

Top of that it would be great if you could modify your log rotation for this file on size basis.


And change the default setting according to your requirement and do not forget to uncomment the below line

logging[‘svlogd_size’] = 200 * 1024 * 1024 # rotate after 200 MB of log data


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