What Happens if You Let Your Error Logs Fill Up Within OpenCart

Posted by AlexDobson on March 6, 2023

Allowing your error logs to fill up within OpenCart can have several negative consequences.

Firstly, the error logs will gradually consume more disk space, slowing down your server and adversely affecting the overall performance of your website. This is because every time OpenCart attempts to write a new entry to the error log, it must first open the log file. As more entries are added, the log file grows larger, resulting in longer load times due to the increased amount of data that must be read and processed. This can cause a drop in website traffic and, consequently, lost sales.

Secondly, error logs can contain sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, and other confidential data, that can pose a security risk if not properly secured.

Thirdly, having too many error logs can make it difficult to identify and troubleshoot specific issues. As the logs become more cluttered, it can be harder to find relevant error messages, and the sheer volume of logs can make it challenging to identify patterns and diagnose problems.

In summary, it is important to regularly review and clear your error logs within OpenCart to maintain optimal performance, protect sensitive data and facilitate effective troubleshooting. We recommend our Technical Audit so we can investigate the error logs in greater detail and once reviewed, our Error Log Trimmer can keep the error logs clear.

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