This topic describes different types of logs and how to access them.
You can access logs from any VM:
bosh sshcommand to SSH into a VM and look at the log files
bosh logscommand to download logs from the VM
The following sections describe different types of logs found on each BOSH managed VM.
Release jobs on VMs produce logs throughout different lifecycle events. Release authors are strongly encouraged to place release job logs into
/var/vcap/sys/log/<release_job_name>/*.log, providing a consistent place for the operator to find them.
redis-server release job will create two log files:
To download logs from all release jobs on a specific VM, run
bosh logs <job_name> <index>.
See additonal information about following job lifecycle events’ logs:
BOSH names logs using the errand name and log type, and writes the logs to the
/var/vcap/sys/log/<errand-name> directory. For example, BOSH writes the stdout log for an errand named “smoke-test” to
Note: By default upon errand completion errand VM is deleted, so you cannot access full errand logs. You can use
--keep-alive flag when running an errand to keep the VM with its logs.
By default, the CLI outputs errand’s output to the screen when it’s smaller than 1MB. If you expect errand to generate output larger than 1MB, currently it needs to be redirected to a file and then downloaded.
To save output from an errand VM:
- In the errand run script, redirect the output to a log.
Using the CLI, run
bosh run errand Xwith the
--download-logsoption to download the logs.
By default, the CLI downloads the logs to your present working directory. Use the
--logs-dir destination_directoryoption to change this directory.
$ bosh run errand smoke-tests --download-logs --logs-dir ~/workspace/smoke-tests-logs
The Agent uses Monit to start, restart, and stop release job processes as specified by the release jobs. Monit detects errors and outputs often useful information to its log. Use
tail to examine the
monit.log on a VM:
$ sudo tail -f -n 200 /var/vcap/monit/monit.log
Agent logs contain configuration and runtime information from the Agent running on a VM. Review these logs if the Director sees VM as unresponsive or the Director fails to contact it during its creation.
The Agent stores logs in
/var/vcap/bosh/log/ and outputs most recent content to
$ sudo tail -f -n 200 /var/vcap/bosh/log/current
Note: Agent logs are only accessible to the root user.
BOSH log rotates release job logs with the Logrotate log file management utility. Logrotate is configured by the Agent to act on all
.log files in the
Following non-configurable settings are used:
missingok: Skip missing log files and do not generate an error message
rotate 7: Keep seven log files at a time
compress: Compress old log files with gzip
delaycompress: Postpone compression of log files until the next rotation cycle
copytruncate: Copy log files, then truncate in place instead of creating new files
size 50M: Rotate log files when they exceed 50 MB in size
Cron runs logrotate script every hour.
Recommended way to configure syslog forwarding on all or some VMs is to use
syslog_forwarder job from
syslog-release as an addon.
When you run a CLI command, the Director stores all activities for the specific command in a task log. Review these logs when you experience an issue with a command.
To access Director task logs: