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Troubleshooting Guide

1. Logs

Git MultiSite logs Git and replication events in several places:

Admin UI: Growl messages
The growl messages provide immediate feedback in response to a user's interactions with the Admin UI. Growls are triggered only by local events and will only display on the node (and in the individual browser session) in which the event was triggered.
Schedule for you
Growl messages appear in the top right-hand corner of the screen and will persist for a brief period (15 seconds in most cases) or until the screen is refreshed or changed.
Always check the dashboard
If you are troubleshooting a problem we strongly recommend that you check the Dashboard's Replicator Tasks panel as well as the log files. While we added the gowl messaging as way giving administrators an immediate alert for events as they happen, they are not intended to be used as the main method of tracking failures or important system events.

Git MultiSite has two sets of logs, one set is used for application, the other logs replication activity:

1.1 Application logs

/opt/wandisco/git-multisite/

The main logs are produced by the watchdog process and contain messaging that is mostly related to getting Git MultiSite started up and running. Logs are rotated when they hit 100MB in size.

replicator -- logging the startup etc of the replicator
ui -- startup/everything to do with the UI, inc in-use logging. lightweight.

-rw-r--r-- 1 wandisco wandisco   88 Jan 15 16:53 multisite.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 wandisco wandisco  220 Jan 15 16:53 replicator.20140115-165324.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 wandisco wandisco 4082 Jan 15 16:53 ui.20140115-164517.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 wandisco wandisco 1902 Jan 15 16:53 watchdog.log
multisite.log
Basic events that relate to the starting up/shutting down of Git MultiSite.
e.g.
        2014-01-15 16:45:17: [3442] Starting ui
        2014-01-15 16:53:24: [3571] Starting replicator
        
replicator.yyymmdd-hhmmss.log
Events relating to the start up and shutdown of the replicator, and also logging. This log never includes information about the actual operation of the replicator, for that you need to see the gitms.log files located in the replicator's own logs directory (see below)
watchdog.log
Logs the running of the watchdog process which monitors and maintains the running of the Git MultiSite processes.

1.2 Replicator logs

The logging for replication activity is stored within the replicator directory in the Git MultiSite installation, i.e. /opt/wandisco/git-multisite/replicator/logs. These logs take the following form:

-rw-r--r-- 1 wandisco wandisco 296785 Jan  6 14:36 gitms.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 wandisco wandisco     54 Jan  6 07:34 logrotation.ser
drwxr-xr-x 2 wandisco wandisco   4096 Jan  6 07:30 recovery-details
drwxr-xr-x 2 wandisco wandisco   4096 Jan  6 14:34 thread-dump

The logging system has been implemented using Simple Logging Facade for Java (SLF4J) over the log4J Java-based logging library. This change from java.util.logging has brought some benefits:

This change lets us collate data into specific package-based logs, such has a security log, application log, DConE messages etc.

Logging behavior is mostly set from the log4j properties file. /git-multisite/replicator/properites/log4j.properties

# Direct log messages to a file
log4j.appender.file=com.wandisco.vcs.logging.VCSRollingFileAppender
log4j.appender.file.File=gitms.log
log4j.appender.file.MaxFileSize=100MB
log4j.appender.file.MaxBackupIndex=10
log4j.appender.file.layout=org.apache.log4j.PatternLayout
log4j.appender.file.layout.ConversionPattern=%d{yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss} %-5p %c{1}:%L - %m%n
log4j.appender.file.append=true

# Root logger option
log4j.rootLogger=INFO, file

This configuration controls how log files are created and managed. A change to log4j configuration currently requires a replicator restart to take affect.