Updates to JEP-158: JVM Unified Logging are coming...
fredrik.arvidsson at oracle.com
Fri Apr 17 07:32:33 UTC 2015
We are planning to release an updated version of JEP-158 very soon. The
work to update this JEP has been going on for some time and we now feel
we are ready to present it to a wider audience.
The JEP for JVM Unified Logging was created back in February 2012. The
requirements for the API and implementation were heavily influenced by
the logging functionality in JRockit JVM. The JEP was updated and
refined in mid 2014 and eventually targeted for JDK 9 in late 2014:
During the review process of the JEP some concerns were voiced about the
chosen API and functionality but the conclusion was that the proposal
would work, and the JEP was targeted for JDK 9 and the implementation
work was started.
Early 2015 during pre-reviews and presentations of the API and
implementation concerns were again raised about the formulation of the
JEP, this time with greater force. At this point we decided to take a
time-out and investigate our options going forward.
The time-out led to a modified proposal that can be found here:
and with some illustrations here:
So what have we changed, and why?
In short we have switched from using an hierarchical log subject layout
to something that could be best described as a tag based solution.
The main reason for the change of the logging API is that we have found
that some logging can't easily be ordered under a single hierarchical
subject but can belong to multiple subjects/areas. One example of this
is logging in the 'metaspace' code. The functionality in the 'metaspace
area' can be called from both GC and Runtime code. Another example is
class-unloading. There are more examples on this of course, but these
two we think are very clear and easy to understand.
The core functionality of the logging framework is not changed that much
from the earlier proposal. We have tried to make it leaner and not as
verbose (functionality wise) as before. The scope of the implementation
has been narrowed down some to enable us to deliver good value as soon
Our plan is as follows:
After getting initial feedback from the community about the new proposal
we will update the JEP description. We aim to do this early next week.
We are planning to use the JDK9 sandbox repository during development.
This enables us who are implementing it to work in an efficient way and
at the same time it allows any interested party to try out and follow
the work during the implementation phase.
More information about the sandbox repository name and other
practicalities will follow shortly.
Fredrik Arvidsson & Marcus Larsson, JVM Serviceability, Stockholm.
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