Thank you all for the help on my problem. As you explained, logrotate is
fired up in cron.daily with /etc/logrotate.conf specified as it's
configuration file. /var/log looks fine (it has rotated entries like
blah.1, blah.2, etc) except for the /var/log/mailman directory! At first
glance it does not look that bad, 14.1 MB would hardly stretch logrotate,
but if you open the directory with Konqueror, it cannot keep up with the
activity in the directory - there are thousands of files like
error.18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1.1 of 0 byte size, and new ones are being added
continually, so Konqueror cannot keep up with the changes, and the computer
effectively hangs - you cannot even open a console window. This is without
logrotate running. What I surmise is happening is that when logrotate kicks
in, it cannot keep up with the continual flow of files.
Now I am off to Google on mailman, specifically what process uses this
directory. Linux has developed so much from (say) RedHat 5.X to 7.3 that
fools like me can get useful servers running with minimal knowledge!
Thanks very much again.
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