Sun Java System Messaging Server 6.3 Administration Guide Flexible Logging Architecture

The naming scheme for log files (service.sequenceNum.timeStamp) helps you to design a flexible log-rotation and backup policy. The fact that events for different services are written to different files makes it easier for you to isolate problems quickly. Also, because the sequence number in a filename is ever-increasing and the timestamp is always unique, later log files do not simply overwrite earlier ones after a limited set of sequence numbers is exhausted. Instead, older log files are overwritten or deleted only when the more flexible limits of age, number of files, or total storage are reached.

Messaging Server supports automatic rotation of log files, which simplifies administration and facilitates backups. You are not required to manually retire the current log file and create a new one to hold subsequent logged events. You can back up all but the current log file in a directory at any time, without stopping the server or manually notifying the server to start a new log file.

In setting up your logging policies, you can set options (for each service) that control limits on total log storage, maximum number of log files, individual file size, maximum file age, and rate of log-file rotation.