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From "Ralph Goers (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LOG4J2-163) Create asynchronous Logger for low-latency logging
Date Thu, 07 Feb 2013 08:01:18 GMT

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Ralph Goers commented on LOG4J2-163:

I believe the call to checkConfiguration used to be in LoggerConfig but I had to move it to
the Logger to avoid some problems, but I don't recall what they were now.

By definition, if a synchronous logger is called from a child thread it is no longer synchronous
and may not behave in the way the application expects. In a sense, delegation really isn't
delegation. If LoggerConfig a.b.c is asynchronous it can be scheduled and then its parent
can immediately be processed in the same thread that scheduled a.b.c. This has the desirable
effect that if an exception is thrown and suppressExceptions is set to false then the application
will receive the exception. This behavior is impossible to accomodate if the synchronous LoggerConfig
is invoked from an asynchronous one.

In other words - what you are expressing would result in a configuration that behaves like:

<asynchLogger name="a.b.c" level="debug">
     <appender-ref ref="appender1"/>
    <logger name="a.b" level="debug">
        <appender-ref ref="appender2"/>

even though what they actually configured was:

<asynchLogger name="a.b.c" level="debug">
   <appender-ref ref="appender1"/>

<logger name="a.b" level="debug">
   <appender-ref ref="appender2"/>

> Create asynchronous Logger for low-latency logging
> --------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LOG4J2-163
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LOG4J2-163
>             Project: Log4j 2
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 2.0-beta4
>            Reporter: Remko Popma
>         Attachments: FastLog4j-v2-for-beta4.zip, FastLog4j-v3-for-beta4.zip
> One of the main considerations for selecting a logging library is performance, specifically,
how long it takes for a call to Logger.log to return. (See the comments of LOG4J-151 for a
discussion of latency versus application throughput and logging throughput.)
> I believe it is possible to improve this performance by an order of magnitude by having
an asynchronous Logger implementation that hands off the work to a separate thread as early
as possible. The disk I/O would be done in this separate thread. 
> AsynchAppender is not a good match for these requirements, as with that approach (a)
the logging call still needs to flow down the hierarchy to the appender, doing synchronization
and creating objects at various points on the way, and (b) when serializing the LogEvent,
the getSource() method is always called, which is expensive.

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