Anyway, I still think that arguably the best thing to do in your situation, is write a logfile reader, or a sanitizer of some sort. This is the only real way to address the fact that it will be almost impossible to intercept all writes to the log files in question wheras it is probably feasable to ensure that the files are not read without a tool. But thats not for me to decide is it? :-)
Well, actually I tried to send email to the maintainer of Logfile::Rotate to see if he would be interested in adding this features to the package. Unfortunately the email bounced...
I agree with your point. However, teaching old-dogs new-tricks is not easy. Many people use tail -f or similar, so building and deploying a log-reader will take some time. I thought this would be a quick solution for, say, 70% of the problem in our case.
Again, thanks a lot for your comments.
-lem, but some call me fokat