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From "Dustin Cote (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Comment Edited] (KAFKA-2394) Use RollingFileAppender by default in log4j.properties
Date Mon, 06 Jun 2016 18:58:21 GMT

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Dustin Cote edited comment on KAFKA-2394 at 6/6/16 6:57 PM:
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[~ewencp] I only got positive feedback on the change from the mailing list, so sounds like
this is a desirable change?  I think release notes for documentation would be sufficient based
on that sentiment.


was (Author: cotedm):
[~ewencp] I only got positive feedback on the change from the mailing list, so sounds like
this is a desirable change?

> Use RollingFileAppender by default in log4j.properties
> ------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: KAFKA-2394
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/KAFKA-2394
>             Project: Kafka
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Jason Gustafson
>            Assignee: Dustin Cote
>            Priority: Minor
>              Labels: newbie
>         Attachments: log4j.properties.patch
>
>
> The default log4j.properties bundled with Kafka uses ConsoleAppender and DailyRollingFileAppender,
which offer no protection to users from spammy logging. In extreme cases (such as when issues
like KAFKA-1461 are encountered), the logs can exhaust the local disk space. This could be
a problem for Kafka adoption since new users are less likely to adjust the logging properties
themselves, and are more likely to have configuration problems which result in log spam. 
> To fix this, we can use RollingFileAppender, which offers two settings for controlling
the maximum space that log files will use.
> maxBackupIndex: how many backup files to retain
> maxFileSize: the max size of each log file
> One question is whether this change is a compatibility concern? The backup strategy and
filenames used by RollingFileAppender are different from those used by DailyRollingFileAppender,
so any tools which depend on the old format will break. If we think this is a serious problem,
one solution would be to provide two versions of log4j.properties and add a flag to enable
the new one. Another solution would be to include the RollingFileAppender configuration in
the default log4j.properties, but commented out.



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