Broker configuration files contain property settings for configuring a broker. They are kept in a directory whose location depends on the operating system platform you are using; see Appendix A, Platform-Specific Locations of Message Queue Data for details. Message Queue maintains the following broker configuration files:
A default configuration file (default.properties) that is loaded on startup. This file is not editable, but you can read it to determine default settings and find the exact names of properties you want to change.
In addition, if you connect broker instances in a cluster, you may need to use a cluster configuration file (cluster.properties) to specify configuration information for the cluster; see Cluster Configuration Properties for more information.
At startup, the broker merges property values from the various configuration files. As shown in Figure 4–4, the files form a hierarchy in which values specified in the instance configuration file override those in the installation configuration file, which in turn override those in the default configuration file. At the top of the hierarchy, you can manually override any property values specified in the configuration files by using command line options to the imqbrokerd command.
The first time you run a broker, an instance configuration file is created containing configuration properties for that particular broker instance. The instance configuration file is named config.properties and is located in a directory identified by the name of the broker instance to which it belongs:
(See Appendix A, Platform-Specific Locations of Message Queue Data for the location of the instances directory.) If the file does not yet exist, you must use the -name option when starting the broker (see Broker Utility) to specify an instance name that Message Queue can use to create the file.
The instances/instanceName directory and the instance configuration file are owned by the user who created the corresponding broker instance. The broker instance must always be restarted by that same user.
The instance configuration file is maintained by the broker instance and is modified when you make configuration changes using Message Queue administration utilities. You can also edit an instance configuration file by hand to customize the broker’s behavior and resource use. To do so, you must be the owner of the instances/instanceName directory or log in as the root user to change the directory’s access privileges.
The broker reads its instance configuration file only at startup. To make permanent changes to the broker’s configuration, you must shut down the broker, edit the file, and then restart the broker. Property definitions in the file (or any configuration file) use the following syntax:
propertyName=value [ [,value1] … ]
For example, the following entry specifies that the broker will hold up to 50,000 messages in memory and persistent storage before rejecting additional messages:
The following entry specifies that a new log file will be created once a day (every 86,400 seconds):