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From Mike Matrigali <mikem_...@sbcglobal.net>
Subject Re: regarding derby.log being overwritten on startup. [was Re: [jira] Commented: (DERBY-515) Network Server should log server start and shutdown time to derby.log]
Date Mon, 22 Aug 2005 19:31:50 GMT
I believe that the current log file format has been written to
be easy to parse - but not as easy as looking for a single
delimiter.  Remember that the log file can contain arbitrary
text - so not sure if a single delimiter will work.  The worst
case is log statement text which will print out values of fields,
which can contain anything and are not under our control.
At one point there was a tool that could take
the log file and present it like a read only table, similar to
the lock table.  Adding some delimiters might make it easier.

I also like having the log file at least somewhat user readable.

Having said that I believe that if someone really wanted the XML
version, an alternate error logging module implementation could
be provided which could either produce XML instead of text or
could provide 2 different files.  If someone wanted to write a
cool tool that parsed and presented the error log file, or needed
xml to adapt it to an existing tool then I could see XML form
being more important.

There was hope to be able to be able to do thing like take the out
of log statement text and then turn around and use that to drive
a testing framework which could execute those statments.

Danesh wrote:
> I agree with going the delimited format route. Having the database
> write out XML would probably impact preformance quite a bit. I also
> wonder what would happen if the database were to die (power failure or
> the like) and the XML file ended up invalid due to it missing those
> crucial few closing tags. To simplify things and satisfy both parties
> someone could write a log conversion tool i.e. DEL -> XML.
> ~Danesh
> On 8/19/05, David Van Couvering <David.Vancouvering@sun.com> wrote:
>>Please, God, no :).  Machines like reading XML but people (at least
>>certain people) find it a bit horrific.
>>What I have seen done in the past is using a simple delimiter format, e.g.
>>|Fri Aug 19 14:06:31 PST
>>275|Invalid user, please try again| | |
>>then you can write tools that slurp this right into Excel, load into a
>>database, etc.  We did this with an app I worked on at Sybase and it was
>>quite successful.
>>Rick Hillegas wrote:
>>>At the risk of overloading this topic: While we're talking about
>>>improvements to our error logging, I'd like to see us emit more
>>>structured logs. This is one of the things that xml is actually good
>>>for. It would be pretty easy to turn our log records into xml entries.
>>>This would make it easy to write or use off-the-shelf tools for
>>>viewing the logs and for filtering signal out of the noise.
>>>David Van Couvering wrote:
>>>>Well, the most common solution is log rotation.  On restart, you
>>>>rename the old log to derby.log.1 and then derby.log.2 and so on.
>>>>After <n> log files, you start over again at derby.log.1.
>>>>This is also useful for long-running systems so you don't run out of
>>>>disk space because of your error logs.  When the error log gets a
>>>>configurable X MBs, the system copies the log to derby.log.1,
>>>>derby.log.2, etc.,  and starts a fresh log.  After N log files it
>>>>starts back at 1 and overwrites the old log file.  Similar but
>>>>different from above, but both are great to reduce administrative
>>>>overhead for the user.
>>>>Sunitha Kambhampati wrote:
>>>>>Øystein Grøvlen wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>"KM" == Kathey Marsden <kmarsdenderby@sbcglobal.net>
>>>>>>   KM> Øystein Grøvlen (JIRA) wrote:
>>>>>>   >> [    >> This would be even more helpful if the derby.log
>>>>>>was not overwritten on the next startup.  (Probably a separate issue).
>>>>>>   >>    >>    >>    KM> The derby.infolog.append
property is
>>>>>>helpful in this regard.
>>>>>>   KM>
>>>>>>Thanks, Kathey, that is really what I need.
>>>>>One concern I have is that by default, the derby.log gets
>>>>>overwritten on subsequent boot. From my experience with customers,
>>>>>whenever there is an issue, I always end up telling them to add this
>>>>>property almost every time to see the debug logs. It is very common
>>>>>to see users reboot the system if they hit an error and in this
>>>>>case, it is probable that important relevant information in the
>>>>>derby.log is lost because it gets overwritten ( ex - recovery issues
>>>>>, deadlock etc ).
>>>>>Maybe we could do something smart for derby.log , a balance between
>>>>>keeping history across boots and disk space taken by the derby.logs.
>>>>>Any comments ?

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