Agent log file cleanup does not work

  • 7001134
  • 11-Aug-2008
  • 30-Apr-2012


Novell ZENworks 7.2 Linux Management - ZLM7.2
Novell Linux Desktop 9


Many zmd-messages.log* files in the directory /var/opt/novell/log/zenworks

The related hard disk partition fills up eventually crashing the managed device.


To obtain access to a hot patch with the fix for this problem, follow the instructions in KB 3469853 "Updates to Novell ZENworks 7.2 Linux Management" which can be found at


You can automate log file cleanup, e.g., by configuring a cron job or the logrotate daemon. A suitable script to create the cron job can be obtained by following this link

Alternatively, clean up old zmd-messages.log files manually

Additional Information

The zmd-messages.log file should grow up to the maximum configured log file size (default is 10 MB) and only the predefined numbers of backup log files should be kept (default value is 1).

The local device logging can be configured in the ZENworks Control Center at Configuration -> Local Device Logging.