Fuseki Logging

Fuseki logs operation details and also provides a standard NCSA request log.

Logging is via slj4j over Apache Log4J. Logging output is controlled via log4j.

Server Logs

Full Log name Usage
org.apache.jena.fuseki.Server General Server Messages
org.apache.jena.fuseki.Request NCSA request Log.
org.apache.jena.fuseki.Fuseki The HTTP request log
org.apache.jena.fuseki.Admin Administration operations
org.apache.jena.fuseki.Builder Dataset and service build operations
org.apache.jena.fuseki.Config Configuration

NCSA request Log.

This log is in NCSA extended/combined log format.
Many web log analysers can process this format.

This log is normally off.

When run as a WAR file inside a webapp container (e.g. Apache Tomcat), the webapp container or reverse proxy will log access requests anyway.

Setting logging

The Fuseki engine looks for the log4j configuration as follows:

  • Use system property log4j.configuration if defined (as usual for log4j).
  • Use file:log4j.properties (current directory) if it exists
  • Use file log4j.properties is the directory defined by FUSEKI_BASE
  • Use java resource log4j.properties on the classpath.
  • Use java resource org/apache/jena/fuseki/log4j.properties on the classpath.
  • Use a built-in configuration.

The last step is a fallback to catch the case where Fuseki has been repackaged into a new WAR file and org/apache/jena/fuseki/log4j.properties omitted, or run from the base jar. It is better to include org/apache/jena/fuseki/log4j.properties.

The preferred customization is to use a custom log4j.properties file in FUSEKI_BASE. For the WAR file, FUSEKI_BASE defaults to /etc/fuseki on Linux. For the standalone server, FUSEKI_BASE defaults to directory run/ within the directory where the server is run.

Default setting

The default log4j.properties.


Below is an example logrotate(1) configuration (to go in /etc/logrotate.d) assuming the log file has been put in /etc/fuseki/logs/fuseki.log.

It rotates the logs once a month, compresses logs on rotation and keeps them for 6 months.

It uses copytruncate. This may lead to at most one broken log file line.

    rotate 6
    # Date in extension.
    # No need
    # delaycompress