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From Antonios Kogias <>
Subject Re: AccessLogValve pattern (timestamp, bytes sent and time taken)
Date Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:05:51 GMT
On 2/18/2011 12:12 PM, Konstantin Kolinko wrote:
> 2011/2/18 ??G??S ???O???S<>:
>> Tomcat 5.5 or 6.0
>> Win XP or Vista (32)
>> I've read the configuration (
and the api (
but there are some details that are not specified:
>> timestamp (%t in pattern)
>> In apache documentation it is stated that this is the time that the request was received.
I'd like some simple confirmation that this also holds true for the tomcat (and is not, for
example, the time that the response was sent).
>> bytes sent (either %b or %B in pattern)
>> Is this the number of bytes actually sent to the client, or simply the size in bytes
of the HTTP response (which will differ, for instance, if the connection is aborted)? The
apache httpd 2.0 provides the %O format as well to distinguish between these two cases, whereas
in 1.3 it didn't. Since tomcat does not provide such an option, my guess is towards the number
of bytes actually sent to the client, but I'd like some simple confirmation on this.
>> time taken (either %D or %T in pattern)
>> Is the network transmission time included in the processing time? To be more precise,
is this the time the server used to process, prepare the HTTP response and deliver it to the
underlying layer for transmission (i.e. non-blocking threads on tcp send)? Or does it also
include the underlying layer sending time (e.g. blocking threads on tcp send)? Apache's documentation
is also obscure on that point...
> In short:
> regarding TC 5.5 and 6.0 your hopes are wrong. The timestamp is when
> the processing is the layer below the valve has ended (and the log
> statement is printed), with some caching of generated timestamp string
> (not worse than 1 sec).  Time taken: time spend in the layer below the
> valve. The size is raw size, before gzip compression.
> In latest versions of TC7 (7.0.8 and later) the access valve has
> different implementation, and is directly invoked from the connector
> adapter layer. That version prints timestamp when request was
> received, timing for the whole request processing cycle (though '0'
> when it cannot be determined), reports count of bytes sent (taking
> compression into account).
> Best regards,
> Konstantin Kolinko
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Thank you very much for the detailed answer. Now there's just one more 
thing to ask.
If we use tomcat 7.0.8, the "timing for the whole request processing 
cycle" will incorporate transmit time?
e.g. if using HTTP/1.0, will it represent the total time until the 
teardown of the connection? Or will it be the net processing time 
/before/ transmission starts (i.e. time to prepare the http response and 
push it to the network layer)?

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