Request for review: 6941923: RFE: Handling large log files produced by long running Java Applications

Y. Srinivas Ramakrishna y.s.ramakrishna at
Mon May 9 09:41:52 PDT 2011

Hi Yumin --

It seems on a quick audit of the code that ttyLock is a
global lock (unless I am missing somrthing). For performance
one would probably want a per-rotating file stream lock, rather than
overload a global lock protecting all streams (which
is what seems to be happening here, and which in the
general case could all kinds of deadlocking and dependency

I also could not easily see which of the streams used
locking and for which operations...

So I am not sure your locking here in rotate_log()
is really giving us any safety here. Did you check
the paths through which the file descriptor is accessed
to make sure this (or another) lock protected access in
any manner? I'd start by putting in appropriate asserts
in the paths that do the write()'s to the rotating
stream and work backwards to ensure that locking was
adequate. If it isn't, I'd suggest introducing a
per-rotating-stream lock here, for better scalability when
one might have multiple such streams in the future.

It's also a good idea to measure the performance impact
of this feature (the rotation and the locking -- or
reference counting -- which appears to be important
for safety of rotation in general) comparing both
no rotation gc logging  and rotation enabled gc logging,
versus the baseline.

-- ramki

On 5/9/2011 9:21 AM, Y. Srinivas Ramakrishna wrote:
> Finally, on locking: did you try using ttyLocker() instead of
> doing the raw locking you are doing here? I notice a number of
> cutouts for the locking path in hold(): we'd need to do a careful audit
> to make sure this does not leave open the possibility of
> leakage of the file descriptor outside of the lock. I did
> not have the time to do such an audit, but it would be a good
> idea to do so. (Have all kinds of logging -- every conceivable kind
> of GC logging enabled and then run with rotation at the smallest
> possible size, say just a handful of bytes, enabled -- in order to
> stress test this.)

>>> It's fine to do the locking. I have no objection to the locking;
>>> my question was why the locking was elided for those two cases.
>>> It would seem to me that you'd need some way to make sure that
>>> the stream is not under active use when the rotation occurs,
>>> and the lock would be a fine way to ensure that the stream is
>>> never accessed except under protection of the lock. I can see
>>> that the rotation is done at a STW pause when no mutator is
>>> running. It turns out today that no daemons run at that time
>>> either, but it is conceivable that some may in the future
>>> and have access to or attempt tp access that stream/log.
>>> We should make the code robust in the face of future such
>>> evolution, by at least putting in enough controls, and
>>> the lock would seem to me to be a fine mechanism to do so.
>>> (After auditing the code to make sure that the handle is
>>> not accessible outside the lock.)
>>> -- ramki

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