log4j log4j.appender.R.MaxBackupIndex

Posted on 2010-08-19
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I'm using a org.apache.log4j.RollingFileAppender in order to process and store my log statements and I'm wondering how to get it to never overwrite the output log file?  I left off the log4j.appender.R.MaxBackupIndex configuration and it seems to make one copy then overwrite the original.  Maybelog4j.appender.R.MaxBackupIndex=999999?

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Try setting it to Integer.MAX_VALUE
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(which is 2,147,483,647 fyi)

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I'm testing locally with a max file size of 1KB so I should get a ton of backups... test.log.1, test.log.2...etc.  For some reason the test.log file remains at 1KB, the test.log.1 gets created but grows past the 1KB max that I specified in my config (see below).  Any ideas?

.# The logging properties used for IDE based testing, we want to see
# debug output on the console (use out in that case).
# log4j.rootLogger=INFO, out
log4j.rootCategory=INFO, out, R

# CONSOLE appender not used by default
log4j.appender.out.layout.ConversionPattern=%d [%t] %-5p %c - %m%n

# Second appender writes to a file
log4j.appender.R.layout.ConversionPattern=%d [%t] %-5p %c - %m%n
# Control the maximum log file size
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> log4j.appender.R.MaxBackupIndex=Integer.MAX_VALUE

don't do that, try:

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>> I left off the log4j.appender.R.MaxBackupIndex configuration and it seems to make one copy then overwrite the original.
There is one backup file by default.
So try with log4j.appender.R.MaxBackupIndex=999999
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>> gets created but grows past the 1KB max that I specified in my config
what exactly do you mean?
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No - i didn't mean to put that directly in the config file. You need to use the literal value

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