Some of the features discussed on this page are not part of the open-source edition, and are only available in the licensed editions (starting with XAP Premium).
XAP makes logging calls using the Java platform’s core logging facilities. For more information on the JDK logging framework, please refer to the following online documentation: Java Logging Overview .
The logging configuration is initialized using a logging configuration file that is read at startup. This logging configuration file is in the standard
java.util.Properties format. It configures custom versions of both
java.util.logging.Formatter, and default levels for frequently used loggers (categories).
The default XAP logger configuration file is located under:
Overriding the Default Configuration
The configuration defined in the
xap_logging.properties file may be overridden by either using system properties or by providing an external configuration file with overrides. This external configuration file should be located in the classpath under:
Any configuration that you wish to override in
xap_logging.properties file, should appear in
xap_logging_ext.properties with its new value. The same applies for system properties, e.g.
The recommended way to define system properties when starting service grid components is to wrap the original script, e.g.
gsc.sh(bat) with a wrapper script which include the EXT_JAVA_OPTIONS variable. The
setenv.sh(bat) script which is used by these components will pick these options automatically and use them as JVM arguments.
Overriding the Configuration File
Your own configuration file may also be used instead of the platform’s default. This is done by setting the configuration file location using a system property:
XAP scripts rely on the exported environment variable
GS_LOGGING_CONFIG_FILE (declared in
<XAP-HOME>/bin/setenv script). The preferred way to apply your override file is to use a wrapper script: export the new setting of this variable and call the original script. This ensures that when
setenv.sh(bat) is called from within the platform’s scripts, it will pick up the override.
# unix export XAP_LOGS_CONFIG_FILE=myfile.properties ./gsc.sh
Provided that your application initializes the logging facility via the Logging API (e.g.
LogManager.readConfiguration(InputStream ins)), you may wish to disable the XAP configuration altogether. Once disabled, your Java logging settings will take place. This is done with the following system property:
To troubleshoot and detect which logging properties file was loaded and from which location, set the following system property to true. This property already exists in the scripts (for convenience) and by default is set to false.
Verbose System Report
Whenever a service grid component is started, it prints a system report in its log file. Increasing the log level from INFO to CONFIG or beyond will generate a verbose report and include all system properties and environment variables, which can come in handy for troubleshooting some problems.
For example, to enable verbose system report for GSC, change the following log level:
com.gigaspaces.grid.gsc.level = CONFIG
XAP out of the box configures logging with two log Handlers,
java.util.logging.ConsoleHandler: A simple handler for writing formatted output to System.err (level is set to ALL)
com.gigaspaces.logger.RollingFileHandler: A handler that writes formatted output to a file that rolls over if a certain policy is triggered. see Managing Log Files
Java util logging supports other handlers. MemoryHandler, SocketHandler or any other handler can be used instead of the above. More information about handlers is here. You can also use one of the open source logging frameworks that support java.util.logging.
Formatters are in charge of formatting the log messages and adding meta data to them (date, time, level, etc).
XAP configures the logging
formatter property with a single
Formatter implementation class:
com.gigaspaces.logger.GSSimpleFormatter. This formatter class is based on thejava.util.logging.SimpleFormatter` class. see Formatting Log Messages for more details.
XAP prints exception stack traces for messages with level
SEVERE or higher.
com.gigaspaces.exceptions.level = SEVERE
Messages with lower levels with only be logged with the exception’s
toString() value. To force the logger to print the stack trace of exception with lower levels, such as Level
WARNING for example, set the
com.gigaspaces.exceptions.level property to
Note that if the exception is a
java.lang.RuntimeException its stack trace will always be logged, regardless of the level definition.
Logging Management at Runtime
It is possible to change various logger level settings while the system is up and running without the need to restart it. This can be very useful in production environments when the system needs to be troubleshooted, but at the same time cannot be restarted.
You can do so by connecting to the JMX Bean of the Java logging facility via JConsole for example.
You can start JConsole for a specific running GSC or GSM using the XAP Management Center (
To change the logging level in JConsole do the following:
- Traverse to the MBeans tab
- Expand the
java.util.loggingtree node and locate the Logging tree node
- Select the Operations tab
- Type the logger’s name and level for the arguments of the
setLoggerLevel()method. For example, If you want to change
You will need to use the logging level without the .level string e.g.:
com.gigaspaces.core.cluster.replication and set value
The LoggingMXBean enables you to:
- Get the name of the log level associated with the specified logger
- Get the list of currently registered loggers
- Get the name of the parent for the specified logger
- Sets the specified logger to the specified new level
The logging level class defines a set of standard logging levels that can be used to control logging output. The logging level are ordered and are specified by ordered integers/constants.
Enabling logging at a given level also enables logging at all higher levels.
The supported logging levels in descending order are:
- SEVERE (highest value)
- FINEST (lowest value)
In addition, there is a level OFF that can be used to turn off logging, and a level ALL that can be used to enable logging of all messages.
The following logging categories are supported:
- Communication Protocol
- Class Loader
- Space (Caching, Query, Replication, etc)
- Runtime (GCC, GSM, etc)
- Web Container
- Mule Integration
For each category there are various logger name you should use when configuring the logging level. See
xap_logging.properties file for exact logger name supported for each category. You can find all logger names also at the
Here are the different modules , their logging names and their default logging level:
com.gigaspaces.client.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.client.cluster.liveness.level = INFO
GigaSpaces Client can be another component or application that connects to a GigaSpaces cluster. Liveness check is a functionality that runs inside a GigaSpaces proxy (usually held by a client connecting to a space) to keep track of the cluster members. Additional info about GigaSpaces proxy can be found here
The logging configuration file includes declarations of the loggers available at the bridge between .NET and Java.
com.gigaspaces.externaldatasource.dotnet.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.bridge.dispatcher.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.bridge.pbsexecuter.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.dotnet.pu.level = INFO
org.openspaces.level = INFO
OpenSpaces wraps the core product with Spring which enables Spring configuration and Spring life cycle to XAP applications.
org.openspaces.pu.container.support.level = WARNING org.openspaces.pu.container.jee.context.ProcessingUnitWebApplicationContext.level = WARNING
GigaSpaces Spring application logging
com.gigaspaces.spring.level = WARNING
org.hibernate.level = WARNING
com.gigaspaces.jms.level = INFO
com.gigaspaces.lrmi.nio.filters.SSLFilterFactory.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.stubcache.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.context.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.marshal.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.watchdog.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.classloading.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.slow_consumer.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.exporter.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.communication.transport.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.communication.manager.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.channel.transport.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.channel.manager.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.lrmi.channel.protocol.level = INFO
com.gigaspaces.core.classloadercleaner.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.core.classloadercache.level = INFO
XAP applications are running as part of a XAP runtime container and packaged using the structure described here. Application jars/classes are packaged in different folders and some of the classes could be loaded as part of GigaSpaces container (GSC’s). There are multiple class loaders involved when an application is running. More information about the class loaders and their hierarchy is here.
Core & Kernel
com.gigaspaces.core.engine.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.core.lease.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.core.types.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.memory-manager.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.kernel.level = CONFIG com.gigaspaces.core.common.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.core.config.level = CONFIG com.gigaspaces.container.level = INFO
Core runtime for the space component of GigaSpaces, above loggers relate to this component and some aspects of this engine including, lease, object types and Memory Manager.
com.gigaspaces.filters.level = INFO
com.gigaspaces.persistent.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.persistent.shared_iterator.level = INFO org.hibernate.level = WARNING
GigaSpaces persistence options are explained here Java version | .Net version . One of the packaged External Data Source implementations uses Hibernate and it is called Hibernate External Data Source which is described here.
com.gigaspaces.query.level = INFO
LRU and Eviction
com.gigaspaces.cache.level = INFO
More information about LRU policy and Eviction behavior is here
com.gigaspaces.core.notify.level = INFO
Notifications are a mechanism that can be used to identify events related to space data (write, update, take, etc). Notifications are typically used with a Notify Container. Another way notifications can be used is thru Session based messaging which is discussed here.
com.gigaspaces.core.fifo.level = INFO
com.gigaspaces.core.cluster.replication.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.core.cluster.replication.redolog.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.core.cluster.sync_replication.level = INFO
When a cluster topology is replicated, replication functionality is enabled. More information about topologies is here. Replication between spaces is one of the core features of GigaSpaces and is explained in detail here.
com.gigaspaces.core.cluster.partition.level = INFO
When cluster uses partitioned topology, data is partitioned across multiple instances of spaces. More information about topologies is here.
com.gigaspaces.cluster.active_election.level = INFO
When multiple instances (primary/backup(s)), Active Election process is used by cluster members to determine which member acts as a primary. Additional information regarding active election process is here.
com.gigaspaces.pojo.level = INFO
Logger corresponding to GigaSpaces POJO support, more info here.
com.gigaspaces.core.xa.level = INFO
Jini Dist. TX manager
com.sun.jini.mahalo.startup.level = INFO com.sun.jini.mahalo.destroy.level = INFO
SpaceURL, SpaceValidator, SpaceURLParser
com.gigaspaces.common.spaceurl.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.common.spacefinder.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.common.lookupfinder.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.common.resourceloader.level = INFO
com.gigaspaces.worker.multicast.level = INFO
Space notifications support multicast mode and this logger corresponds to this functionality
Service Container - General
com.gigaspaces.grid.space.SpaceHandler.level = FINE org.jini.rio.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.start.level = CONFIG com.gigaspaces.grid.space.GigaSpacesFaultDetectionHandler.level=INFO com.gigaspaces.grid.lookup.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.management.level = INFO
com.gigaspaces.core.lookupmanager.level = INFO com.sun.jini.reggie.level = INFO net.jini.discovery.LookupLocatorDiscovery.level = INFO net.jini.lookup.ServiceDiscoveryManager.level = INFO net.jini.discovery.LookupDiscovery.level = INFO net.jini.lookup.JoinManager.level = INFO net.jini.config.level = WARNING com.sun.jini.start.service.starter.level = INFO com.sun.jini.thread.TaskManager.level = INFO
Lookup Service is a runtime registry of GigaSpaces components. Each component registers itself to a LUS thereby providing visibility to other components. For e.g., a GSM discovers a GSC by looking at an entry in LUS and GSC discovers a GSM similarly. More information about LUS is here.
com.gigaspaces.grid.gsm.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.grid.gsm.peer.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.grid.gsm.feedback.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.grid.gsm.provision.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.grid.gsm.services.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.grid.gsm.service-instances.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.grid.gsm.selector.level = INFO org.jini.rio.tools.webster.level = INFO
GSM manages the applications and maintains the SLA’s of deployments. More information about GSM is here.
com.gigaspaces.grid.gsc.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.grid.gsc.GSCFaultDetectionHandler.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.grid.gsm.GSMFaultDetectionHandler.level = INFO org.openspaces.pu.container.servicegrid.PUFaultDetectionHandler.level = INFO
GSC is the runtime environment for GigaSpaces applications. More information about GSC’s is here.
org.openspaces.grid.esm.level = INFO
Elastic Service Manager (ESM) is an implementation of the Elastic Middleware Services. It is built on-top of the existing administrative API exposed by the GigaSpaces components. See The Elastic Service Manager page for more details.
com.gigaspaces.grid.gsa.level = INFO
The GigaSpaces Agent (GSA) acts as a process manager that can spawn and manage Service Grid processes (Operating System level processes) such as The GigaSpaces Manager (GSM), The GigaSpaces Container (GSC), and Lookup Service (LUS). More information regarding GSA can be found here.
com.gigaspaces.replication.channel.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.replication.channel.verbose.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.replication.replica.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.replication.node.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.replication.router.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.replication.group.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.replication.backlog.level = INFO
com.gigaspaces.metrics.manager.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.metrics.registry.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.metrics.sampler.level = INFO
com.gigaspaces.security.level = INFO
Logger corresponding to security of GigaSpaces components. This includes configuration and runtime execution of security functionality. More information regarding GigaSpaces security is here.
Any web application default logging level (logger name for them is web.
[processing unit name].[instance id])
web.level = INFO org.mortbay.level = WARNING
Web application support in XAP is provided using a Jetty container. These loggers correspond to Web Container. More information about GigaSpaces Web Application support is here.
org.mule.level = WARNING org.mule.MuleServer.level = INFO org.mule.RegistryContext.level = INFO org.openspaces.esb.mule.level = WARNING
For GUI, browser, cluster view, JMX logging:
com.gigaspaces.admin.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.admin.ui.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.admin.ui.cluster.view.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.admin.ui.spacebrowser.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.admin.cli.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.jmx.level = INFO
Loggers corresponding to XAPs Management Console/UI. Additional information regarding UI can be found here.
com.gigaspaces.persistent.level = INFO com.gigaspaces.persistent.shared_iterator.level = INFO