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From Curt Arnold <carn...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Log4J blocking on heavy load
Date Wed, 17 May 2006 15:20:56 GMT
Wrapping your RollingFileAppender with an AsyncAppender might address  
your problems.  There were a lot of issues with the AsyncAppender  
that were recently (March 2006) addressed in the SVN trunk.  If you  
are using log4j 1.2, you may want to back port the log4j 1.3  
AsyncAppender (see note on http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/ 
show_bug.cgi?id=38982 for instructions) if you run into problems.

Basically using an AsyncAppender will place logging events in a fixed  
size queue.  Other logging requests will only need to be blocked for  
the time needed to update the queue, not the time needed to do the  
file IO.  When the queue hits the maximum size, the default behavior  
in the log4j 1.3 appender (and the only behavior in the log4j 1.2) is  
to block other logging requests until some of the logging requests  
are removed from the queue.  The log4j 1.3 appender added a new  
property "blocking" which when set to false does not wait for the  
queue to have vacancies and will summarize the events that were dropped.


On May 17, 2006, at 9:24 AM, Néstor Boscán wrote:

> Hi
>
> I'm working with Log4J on a heavy load application and we're using  
> it for
> performance, debug and error information. All our loggers are using
> RollingFileAppender and we generate a lot of logging information. Our
> application is running very slow and after a profiling test we  
> discovered
> that Log4J was blocking the threads. I've read about this problem  
> in some
> web sites but none give a clear solution to the problem. Anyone has
> succesfully resolved this problem?. What options do I have?
>
> Regards,
>
> Néstor Boscán


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