Logging is managed and configured at the individual server level. While logging is enabled by default, it can be reconfigured or disabled according to the requirements of your deployment. Designing a logging strategy assists with planning hardware requirements. For more information, see Hardware Sizing For Directory Server.
This section describes the logging facility of Directory Server Enterprise Edition.
Each Directory Server in a topology stores logging information in three files:
Each Directory Proxy Server in a topology stores logging information in two files:
Access log. Lists the clients that connect to Directory Proxy Server and the operations requested.
Error log. Contains server error messages.
You can manage the log files for both Directory Server and Directory Proxy Server in these ways:
Defining log file creation policies
Defining log file deletion policies
Manually creating and deleting log files
Defining log file permissions
A log file creation policy enables you to periodically archive the current log and start a new log file. Log file creation policies can be defined for Directory Server and Directory Proxy Server from the Directory Control Center or using the command-line utilities.
When defining a log file creation policy, consider the following:
How many logs do you want to keep?
When this number of logs is reached, the oldest log file in the folder is deleted before a new log is created. If this value is set to 1, the logs are not rotated and grow indefinitely.
What is the maximum size, in Megabytes, for each log file?
When a log file reaches this maximum size or the maximum age defined in the next item, the file is archived. A new log file is started.
How often should the current log file be archived?
The default is every day.
At what time of day should log files be rotated?
Time-based rotation makes operations like log analysis and trending easier, because each log file covers the same time period.
Log file rotation can also be based on a combination of criteria. For example, you can specify that logs be rotated at 23h30 only if the file size is greater than 10 Megabytes.
For details on how to set up a log file creation policy, see Configuring Logs for Directory Server in Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 Administration Guide.
A log file deletion policy enables you to automatically delete old archived logs. Log file deletion policies can be defined for Directory Server and Directory Proxy Server from the Directory Service Control Center or using the command-line utilities. A log file deletion policy is not applied unless you have defined a log file creation policy. Log file deletion will not work if you have just one log file. The server evaluates and applies the log file deletion policy at the time of log rotation.
When defining a log file deletion policy, consider the following:
What is the maximum size of the combined archived logs?
When the maximum size is reached, the oldest archived log is automatically deleted.
What is the minimum free disk space that should be available?
When the free disk space reaches this minimum value, the oldest archived log is automatically deleted.
What is the maximum age of log files?
When a log file reaches this maximum age, the log file is automatically deleted.
For details on how to set up a log file deletion policy, see Configuring Logs for Directory Server in Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 Administration Guide.
Manual file rotation and forced log rotation do not apply to Directory Proxy Server.
If you do not want to define automatic creation and deletion policies for Directory Server, you can create and delete log files manually. In addition, Directory Server provides a task that enables you to rotate any log immediately, regardless of the defined creation policy. This functionality might be useful if, for example, an event occurs that needs to be examined in more detail. The immediate rotation function causes the server to create a new log file. The previous file can therefore be examined without the server appending logs to this file.
For information about how to rotate logs manually and how to force log rotation, see Rotating Directory Server Logs Manually in Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 Administration Guide.
In 5.x version of Directory Server, log files could only be read by the directory manager. Directory Server Enterprise Edition enables server administrators to define the permissions with which log files are created. For information about how to define log file permissions, see Configuring Logs for Directory Server in Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 Administration Guide.