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  1. logback
  2. LOGBACK-1162

File compression rollback leaves tmp files when program exits before compression completes


    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Resolved
    • Priority: Critical
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: None
    • Fix Version/s: 1.3.0-alpha1
    • Component/s: logback-core
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      When file compression is enabled and triggered (gz or zip) and the program exits before Logback can complete the compression, the full-sized tmp file and an incomplete archive are created.

      Logback config:

      <configuration debug="TRUE">
          <statusListener class="ch.qos.logback.core.status.OnConsoleStatusListener" />
          <appender name="FILE" class="ch.qos.logback.core.rolling.RollingFileAppender">
              <rollingPolicy class="ch.qos.logback.core.rolling.TimeBasedRollingPolicy">
                  <pattern>%date %level [%thread] %logger{40} - %msg%n</pattern>
          <root level="DEBUG">
              <appender-ref ref="FILE" />


      total 102448
      -rw-r--r--   1 aselesse  staff  52428800  3 Apr 11:23 info.log386225310397706.tmp
      drwxr-xr-x  14 aselesse  staff       476  4 Apr 11:23 ..
      -rw-r--r--   1 aselesse  staff        57  4 Apr 11:23 info.log
      -rw-r--r--   1 aselesse  staff     16394  4 Apr 11:23 info.2016-04-03.log.gz

      I've included a sample minimal project that reproduces the bug. Basically, in the project, I have a script (creatively called reproduce-bug) that should replicate the situation I've described above. The script creates a 50 MB log file with random data, sets the modification time to yesterday, and runs an app (through Gradle) that appends to this log file. The app exits quickly, so Logback doesn't get a chance to finish compression.

      A "workaround" for this issue is to make my program sleep until the compression ends.

      Would it be feasible to keep the process alive until the Logback compression finishes somehow? Also, it might be worthwhile to add a note to the documentation to explain this caveat.




            • Assignee:
              ceki Ceki Gülcü
              selesse Alex Selesse
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