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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 9, 2022

CPE: JUL Logging should be enhanced with operational functions similar to the former Log4J-implementation

Since Content Platform Engine has changed the underlaying logging framework from Log4J to JUL there are several important functions missing that existed before with log4j standard configuration :

  1. Logrotation (i.e. daily)

    1. It's very important to administer several stages, analyze errors of many applications (ICN, CMIS, different plugins, ICC4SAP) in a distributed large environment to have a log rotation that enables us to find the correct logfile by name (with date included) within a short time instead of guessing and searching in which logfile the required information maybe could be located. With log4J there was a simple configuration mechanism (dailyRollingFileAppender), with JUL there is no such or similar option. The very low configuration with size and number of generations to keep is absolutely not sufficient.

    2. In order to keep logfiles for a year, which is a compliance rule, with JUL implementation the only way is to estimate daily log volume and calculate it for a year to make sure logs are not rolled over and overwritten. This is more of a lottery than a solid reliable solution. With a daily rollover this was not necessary.

  2. Logpath configuration doesnt work properly

    1. Eventhough the documentation offers a logpath-configuration with JUL, this is not working for all Content Engine messages. Part of the messages are still located in an extra, not configurable logpath that is located in the WebSphere runtime environment.

The change from Log4J to JUL is a very big problem for us and prevents us from updating our production environment from 5.5.3 to a current version. We have done the update in our DEV and TEST environment and can't do it in the production environment with this fundamental problems. Eventhough IBM is stating that this works as designed.

Idea priority Urgent