Set log level

Introduction

In some cases the cause of a problem cannot be identified in the default log level. In this case the log level can be adjusted accordingly and the information output can be increased.

The log level can be set via the application.yml, the system portal or via API.

Logfile Location

Relution’s log files can be found in the log directory located underneath its installation directory. Logs are rotated automatically once a day and old log files are compressed to save space.

Docker

Because Docker containers are expected to be ephemeral, Relution does not write log files when run inside a container. To get logs from a running container use the docker logs command.

We recommend to set up a logging infrastructure to ensure logs are properly collected and archived to help with troubleshooting in case of issues.

Linux

If Relution was installed in the default directory /opt/relution logs can be found in /opt/relution/log. The most recent log file is called relution.log, while archived log files are named relution.log.<date>.gz. If Relution was installed in a different location, the log directory is found relative to its installation directory.

Windows

If Relution was installed in the default directory C:\Program Files\Relution logs can be found in C:\Program Files\Relution\log. The most recent log file is called relution.log, while archived log files are named relution.log.<date>.gz. If Relution was installed in a different location, the log directory is found relative to its installation directory.

Activation of the system portal

In the application.yml in the Relution directory, add this section:

    relution:
      spring-boot-admin:
        enabled: true

Activation of the DEBUG Log in the System Portal

  1. log in to Relution as system administrator. The default username is admin
  2. go to System Portal in the system menu.

Systemportal öffnen

  1. then you can call associated instance. To do this, click on the box and not directly on the green link.

Systemportal öffnen

  1. switch to the Logger section.

Logger öffnen

  1. use the search to set the corresponding Logger to DEBUG. ROOT activates all Loggers and should therefore only be used in exceptional cases, as a lot of content is generated quickly. In the example the AppleMDMResource has been activated.

Logger definieren

Note that the setting is directly active and you do not need to restart any services. When restarting the Relution service or Docker container, the log will be set back to INFO.

Keeping the DEBUG log active beyond a restart

Since the DEBUG log is set back to INFO after a restart of the instance, it is not possible to log initial errors during the startup process, e.g. in the context of an LDAP connection, in the way described above. For this there is the possibility to define the log in the application.yml. This is loaded directly at startup and thus activates the DEBUG log.

Insert the following content directly into the first line at position 1.

Set ROOT to DEBUG

It is recommended to activate one or more logs individually and targeted. To do this, simply add the individual loggers one below the other in the file:

logging.level.com.mwaysolutions: DEBUG

Multiple individual logs

com.mwaysolutions.relution.platform.security.ldap: DEBUG
com.mwaysolutions.relution.mdm.apple.service.AppleMdmResource: DEBUG

In the example, LDAP functionality and IosResource would now be enabled in the DEBUG log. The names of the loggers and how to activate them can be found in the system portal.

Setup Loglevel with a Logging User via the Web API

As of Relution 5.18, it is possible to create a special logging user on the system organisation, which can comfortably change the log level via the Web API. This saves the manual editing of the YAML configuration file as well as a restart of the server.

1. create authorisation and user

To create the logging user, a new authorisation must first be created on the system organisation, where the option “System > Logging configuration” is activated and saved. Then a new user can be created exclusively for the logging access, to which the previously created authorisation is assigned. Note: The system administrator has this authorisation by default.

Loglevel

Loglevel

2. create an Access Token

An Access Token can be created for this new user to facilitate handling. To do this, the user must first log in and create the token via the user profile. The Access Token is only displayed once, another token can be created if required.

Loglevel

Loglevel

3. controlling the log level via the Web API

To control the log level via the Web API, the logging user can be accessed in the system organisation via the ⚙️ icon > Web API > Authorize. Here the access token of the logging user can be used to facilitate access and automatically add authentication at curl. In the item “userAccessTokenAuth” the token must be inserted and authorised. Note: Alternatively, you can log in with System System Orga Admin and skip entering the token.

At the point “logging”, the required logging points as well as the log level can be defined and executed. Successful execution is confirmed with code 204 and the executed curl command is displayed.

Loglevel

Loglevel

Loglevel

Loglevel

In addition, it is possible to reset the logging to the default settings by triggering a reset or restore of the logging points.

Loglevel

4. controlling the log level via the curl command

It is also possible to control the log level via the curl command by saving the curl generated via the Web API as an alias or script for future use.

Loglevel

5. use for support staff or other employees

To grant access to a user, for example a Relution support staff member, it is sufficient to, either pass on the token or the logging user’s email address (helpdesk@relution.io), which is linked to a valid Relution instance, to the Relution support team.