file

The file buffer plugin provides a persistent buffer implementation. It uses files to store buffer chunks on disk.

Parameters

path

type

required

default

version

string

0.9.0

The path where buffer chunks are stored. The '*' is replaced with random characters. This parameter is required.

This parameter must be unique to avoid race condition problem. For example, you can't use fixed path parameter in fluent-plugin-forest. ${tag} or similar placeholder is needed. Of course, this parameter must also be unique between fluentd instances.

In addition, path should not be an other path prefix. For example, the following conf doesn't work well. /var/log/fluent/foo resumes /var/log/fluent/foo.bar's buffer files during start phase and it causes No such file or directory in /var/log/fluent/foo.bar side.

<match pattern1>
<buffer>
@type file
path /var/log/fluent/foo
</buffer>
</match>
<match pattern2>
<buffer>
@type file
path /var/log/fluent/foo.bar
</buffer>
</match>

Here is the correct version to avoid prefix problem.

<match pattern1>
<buffer>
@type file
path /var/log/fluent/foo.baz
</buffer>
</match>
<match pattern2>
<buffer>
@type file
path /var/log/fluent/foo.bar
</buffer>
</match>

Please make sure that you have enough space in the path directory. Running out of disk space is a problem frequently reported by users.

path_suffix

type

default

version

string

.log

1.6.3

Change the suffix of buffer file.

# default
/var/log/fluentd/buf/buffer.b58eec11d08ca8143b40e4d303510e0bb.log
/var/log/fluentd/buf/buffer.b58eec11d08ca8143b40e4d303510e0bb.log.meta
# with 'path_suffix .buf'
/var/log/fluentd/buf/buffer.b58eec11d08ca8143b40e4d303510e0bb.buf
/var/log/fluentd/buf/buffer.b58eec11d08ca8143b40e4d303510e0bb.buf.meta

This parameter is useful when .log is not fit for your environment. See also this issue comment.

Example

<match pattern>
<buffer>
@type file
path /var/log/fluent/myapp.*.buffer
</buffer>
</match>

Limitation

Caution, file buffer implementation depends on the characteristics of local file system. Don't use file buffer on remote file system, e.g. NFS, GlusterFS, HDFS and etc. We observed major data loss by using remote file system.

If this article is incorrect or outdated, or omits critical information, please let us know. Fluentd is a open source project under Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). All components are available under the Apache 2 License.