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From: Nicholas Neumann (nick2002_at_[hidden])
Date: 2021-06-24 04:14:42

Got it, thank you very much for the detailed explanation and guidance.

On Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 2:08 PM Andrey Semashev via Boost <
boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> On 6/23/21 8:39 PM, Nicholas Neumann via Boost wrote:
> > I've got two different rotating file logs that point to the same
> directory
> > (with different file name patterns). Is this in general just a bad idea?
> > They end up sharing the same file_collector, which seems wrong, so
> perhaps
> > that is a clue that I shouldn't have my logs set up like this.
> >
> > In production I've got a service that compresses, archives, and manages
> the
> > size of the logs. But in dev, I don't, so the number of files in the
> > directory slowly grew. But the startup time for my program grew much
> > faster. On windows the scan_for_files function in the collector has a
> loop
> > that is O(mn), where m is the number of files in the directory, and n is
> > the number that matched in previous calls to the scan_for_files function
> >
> > This means the scan_for_files for the first rotating file log in the
> > directory has no issue (n is 0), but the second can be problematic. It
> > iterates over the files in the directory and for each file in the
> > directory, it calls filesystem::equivalent on all of the matches from
> > previous scan_for_files calls. On windows, filesystem::equivalent is
> > particularly heavy, opening handles to both files.
> >
> > Thoughts? Is the two file logs getting the same collector the real issue?
> > Or is it my pointing two file logs to the same directory? I see some ways
> > to mitigate the slowdown in scan_for_files - e.g., filesystem::equivalent
> > could be called after all of the method/match_pattern check, but the two
> > file logs sharing the same collector feels like the real issue.
> One file collector per target directory is the intended behavior - that
> is what allows to maintain limits on the log files to keep.
> That you have to call scan_for_files separately for each sink is
> unfortunate, but necessary, since each sink uses its own filename
> pattern, and needs to initialize its own file counter value.
> So, in the nutshell, what you're seeing is the expected behavior, and
> expected performance cost. It could probably be optimized if Boost.Log
> used POSIX API and WinAPI directly, but (a) that would not eliminate the
> fundamental O(M*N) complexity of scanning and (b) Boost.Log is using
> Boost.Filesystem precisely to avoid dealing with the underlying API
> directly, as there are quite a few portability quirks.
> My recommendation to you is to limit the number of files you keep in the
> target directory to a reasonable value.
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