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  1. Chukwa (retired)
  2. CHUKWA-646

FileTailingAdaptor can't handle the file rotating rightly and the checkpoint size is wrong



    • Bug
    • Status: Resolved
    • Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • 0.4.0, 0.5.0
    • 0.6.0
    • Data Collection
    • OpenJDK 64-Bit 1.6.0-20
      Linux 2.6.18-308.1.1.el5

    • rotating and tailing file


      Our team has used chukwa CharFileTailingAdaptorUTF8 to collect the log4j rotated log files for several months.It does help us to collect the logs from everywhere to our hadoop center.
      During the work , we met several problems . And i have raised them in this mail list , but i still haven't got a good solution.
      So we read the source code , and did some changes

      Our log files are generated by the log4j ,and the log4j appender is org.apache.log4j.DailyRollingFileAppender.
      If you use log4j to generate the rotated log ,may this mail will help you.

      These two problems are the causes why we have to modify the source code.

      1. The mismatching checkpoint size and file size.

      I raised this problem in May 14 ,"the check point offset is bigger than the log file size". And Ariel Rabkin and Eric have answered my question , thanks for your replies.

      When chukwa starts, it will read the the check point file , let the size be the filereadoffset. The size in the checkpoint indicates how many bytes the adaptor has send .

      If the log source is stream or a file won't rotate , this size is right ,it indeed is the filereadoffset.But the file is rorated , the checkpoint size is often bigger than the file size ,and this will cause chukwa resend all the log file.

      So we add a "log.info("chunk seqID:"+c.getSeqID());" in ChukwaHttpSender:send.
      The seqid is the offset of the send chunks in this log file.
      So when we need to restart the chukwa, we just need to stop the chukwa , change the size in checkpoint to the last chunk seqid in log and start chukwa.
      We also can directly apply the seqID to checkpoint size ,but we don't know if this will cause other problems.

      2. The method tailFile in FileTailingAdaptor is the core code of collecting the log. The code use the fileReadOffset , file length to detect the rotated file.
      RandomAccessFile newReader = new RandomAccessFile(toWatch, "r");
      len = reader.length();
      long newLength = newReader.length();
      if (newLength < len && fileReadOffset >= len) {
      if (reader != null)

      { reader.close(); }

      reader = newReader;
      fileReadOffset = 0L;
      log.debug("Adaptor|"+ adaptorID + "| File size mismatched, rotating: "
      + toWatch.getAbsolutePath());
      } else {
      try {
      if (newReader != null)

      { newReader.close(); }

      newReader =null;
      } catch (Throwable e)

      { // do nothing. }


      This arithmetic does work in most cases. But there is a case ,that when chukwa starts , the log file is 0 and it will be 0 untill it has been rotated. After it has been rotated ,becase its size is 0 ,this log will be removed. A new file has generated , and its size isn't 0.
      But the len is still 0 ,newLength is > 0.So this contition if (newLength < len && fileReadOffset >= len) will never be archived. The new log file will never be detected.

      So we changed the implemention of this method, we use timestamp to detect the new log file.The lastSlurpTime is the timestamp of the last slurp ,it is been declared and assigned in LWFTAdaptor .
      try {
      len = reader.length();
      if(lastSlurpTime == 0)

      { lastSlurpTime = System.currentTimeMillis(); }

      if (offsetOfFirstByte > fileReadOffset)

      { // If the file rotated, the recorded offsetOfFirstByte is greater than // file size,reset the first byte position to beginning of the file. fileReadOffset = 0; offsetOfFirstByte = 0L; log.warn("offsetOfFirstByte>fileReadOffset, resetting offset to 0"); }

      if (len == fileReadOffset) {
      File fixedNameFile = new File(toWatch.getAbsolutePath());
      long fixedNameLastModified = fixedNameFile.lastModified();
      if (fixedNameLastModified > lastSlurpTime) {
      // If len == fileReadOffset,the file stops rolling log or the file has rotated.
      // But fixedNameLastModified > lastSlurpTime , this means after the last slurping,the file has been written .
      // so the file has been rotated.
      boolean hasLeftData = true;

      {// read the possiblly generated log hasLeftData = slurp(len, reader); }

      RandomAccessFile newReader = new RandomAccessFile(toWatch, "r");
      if (reader != null)

      { reader.close(); }

      reader = newReader;
      fileReadOffset = 0L;
      len = reader.length();
      log.debug("Adaptor|" + adaptorID + "| File size mismatched, rotating: " + toWatch.getAbsolutePath());
      hasMoreData = slurp(len, reader);
      } else if (len < fileReadOffset) {
      // file has rotated and no detection
      if (reader != null)

      { reader.close(); }

      reader = null;
      fileReadOffset = 0L;
      offsetOfFirstByte = 0L;
      hasMoreData = true;
      log.warn("Adaptor|" + adaptorID + "| file: " + toWatch.getPath()
      + ", has rotated and no detection - reset counters to 0L");
      } else

      { hasMoreData = slurp(len, reader); }


        1. tailfile.patch
          6 kB
          Ivy Tang
        2. filetailing_trunk.patch
          6 kB
          Ivy Tang

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