A GemStone/S 64 Bit system needs to have various maintenance tasks performed regularly. One of these is managing log file, backups, and transaction logs. I recently put together a basic Linux VM that has GemStone/S 64 Bit installed, but little more (the last link here). One of the non-Smalltalk things that I sometimes struggle with is figuring out which file can be deleted. The following demonstrates some bash scripting that seems to address a few of my questions. It starts by deleting all but the most recent two log files for pcmon, pagemanager, and symbolgem. It then does some garbage collection activity and a full backup. It then deletes all but the most recent two backups. Finally, if there are two backups in the last two days, it deletes all transaction logs more than two days old. This does not do as much error checking as should be done in a serious production environment (such as try restoring the backup, apply transaction logs, etc., before deleting things), but it demonstrates some of the things that can be done in bash to do date-specific cleanup.

# cleanup log files
cd /opt/gemstone/log
(ls -t *pcmon.log | head -n 2; ls *pcmon.log) | \
    sort | uniq -u | xargs rm
(ls -t *pagemanager.log | head -n 2; ls *pagemanager.log) | \
    sort | uniq -u | xargs rm
(ls -t *symbolgem.log | head -n 2; ls *symbolgem.log) | \
    sort | uniq -u | xargs rm
# do backup
topaz -l -T 50000 << EOF
output push backup.out
send SystemRepository markForCollection
send SystemRepository reclaimAll
send SystemRepository startNewLog
SystemRepository fullBackupCompressedTo: 
 '/opt/gemstone/backups/backup-' , 
 (DateTime now asSeconds // 60) printString.
# cleanup backups
cd /opt/gemstone/backups
(ls -t backup* | head -n 2; ls backup*) | sort | uniq -u | xargs rm
if [ "2" -le "`find . -mtime -2 -name 'backup*' | wc -l`" ]; then 
 cd /opt/gemstone/data
 find . -mtime +2 -name 'tranlog*' | xargs rm