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Product observability enables rapid debugging of product issues. The ESB profile of WSO2 Enterprise Integrator (WSO2 EI) enables observability using correlation logs. Correlation logs allow you to monitor individual HTTP requests from the point that a message is received by the ESB until the corresponding response message is sent back to the original message sender. That is, the complete round trip of an HTTP message (client → ESB → back-end → ESB → client) can be tracked and anlyzed using a log file.

When correlation logs are enabled for the ESB server, a separate log file named correlation.log is created in the <EI_HOME>/repository/logs/ directory. Every HTTP message that flows through the ESB and between the ESB and external clients undergoes several state changes. A new log entry is created in the correlation.log file corresponding to the state changes in the round trip of a single HTTP request. A correlation ID assigned to the incoming HTTP request is assigned to all the log entries corresponding to the request. Therefore, you can use this correlation ID to easily locate the logs relevant to the round trip of a specific HTTP request and, thereby, analyze the behaviour of the message flow.

To use this feature in the current version of WSO2 EI, you need to get the latest product updates for your product. This feature is available as a product update from 2018-11-24 onwards.

Note that you can deploy updates in a production environment only if you have a valid subscription with WSO2. Read more about WSO2 Updates

See the following topics for details:

Configuring correlation logs

Follow the steps given below to configure correlation logs in the ESB server.

  1. Add the following parameters to the log4j.properties file (stored in the <EI_HOME>/conf/ directory):

    # correlation logs
        log4j.logger.correlation=INFO, CORRELATION
        log4j.additivity.correlation=false
        # Appender config for correlation logs
        log4j.appender.CORRELATION=org.apache.log4j.RollingFileAppender
        log4j.appender.CORRELATION.File=${carbon.home}/repository/logs/${instance.log}/correlation.log
        log4j.appender.CORRELATION.MaxFileSize=10MB
        log4j.appender.CORRELATION.layout=org.apache.log4j.PatternLayout
        log4j.appender.CORRELATION.Threshold=INFO
        log4j.appender.CORRELATION.layout.ConversionPattern=%d{yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss,SSS}|%X{Correlation-ID}|%t|%m%n
  2. Note that the maximum file size of the correlation log is set to 10MB in the above configuration. That is, when the size of the file exceeds 10MB, a new log file is created. If required, you can change this file size.

  3. If required, you can change the default HTTP header (which is 'activity_id') that is used to carry the correlation ID by adding the following property to the passthru-http.properties file (stored in the <EI_HOME>/conf/ directory). Replace <correlation_id> with a value of your choice.

    correlation_header_name=<correlation_id>

Once the logs are configured, correlation logging should be enabled in the ESB as explained in the next section.

Enabling correlation logs in the ESB

You can enable correlation logging by passing a system property.

  • If you want correlation logs to be enabled every time the server starts, add the following system property to the product start-up script (stored in the <EI_HOME>/bin/ directory) and set it to true.

    -DenableCorrelationLogs=true \
  • Alternatively, you can pass the system property at the time of starting the server by executing the following command:

    On Linux/MacOS/CentOSsh integrator.sh -DenableCorrelationLogs=true
    On Windowsintegrator.bat -DenableCorrelationLogs=true

Now when you start the ESB server, the correlation.log file is created in the <EI_HOME>/repository/logs/ directory.

Sending an HTTP request with a correlation ID

When the client sends an HTTP request to the ESB, a correlation ID for the request can be passed using the correlation header. By default, the correlation header is 'activityid'. If you want to change the default correlation header, see the topic on configuring correlation logs. If the client does not pass a correlation ID in the request, the ESB will generate an internal value and assign it to the request. The correlation ID assigned to the incoming request is assigned to all the log entries that are related to the same request.

Shown below is the POST request that is sent in the quick start guide (using the CURL client). Note that the correlation ID is set in this request. 

curl -X POST --data @request.json http://localhost:8280/healthcare/categories/surgery/reserve -H "Content-Type:application/json" -H "activityid:correlationID"

Accessing the correlation logs

If you know the correlation ID of the HTTP request that you want to analyze, you can isolate the relevant logs as explained below.  

  1. Open a terminal and navigate to the <EI_HOME>/repository/logs/ directory where the correlation.log file is saved.
  2. Execute the following command with the required correlation ID. Replace <correlation_ID> with the required value.

    cat correlation.log | grep "<correlation_ID>"

Shown below is an example of correlation log entries corresponding to the round trip of a single HTTP request.

2018-11-30 15:27:27,262|correlationID|HTTP-Listener I/O dispatcher-5|0|HTTP State Transition|http-incoming-17|POST|/healthcare/categories/surgery/reserve|REQUEST_HEAD
2018-11-30 15:27:27,262|correlationID|HTTP-Listener I/O dispatcher-5|0|HTTP State Transition|http-incoming-17|POST|/healthcare/categories/surgery/reserve|REQUEST_BODY
2018-11-30 15:27:27,263|correlationID|HTTP-Listener I/O dispatcher-5|1|HTTP State Transition|http-incoming-17|POST|/healthcare/categories/surgery/reserve|REQUEST_DONE
2018-11-30 15:27:27,265|correlationID|HTTP-Sender I/O dispatcher-4|42173|HTTP State Transition|http-outgoing-4|POST|http://localhost:9090/grandoaks/categories/surgery/reserve|REQUEST_HEAD
2018-11-30 15:27:27,265|correlationID|HTTP-Sender I/O dispatcher-4|0|HTTP State Transition|http-outgoing-4|POST|http://localhost:9090/grandoaks/categories/surgery/reserve|REQUEST_DONE
2018-11-30 15:27:27,267|correlationID|HTTP-Sender I/O dispatcher-4|2 |HTTP|sourhttp://localhost:9090/grandoaks/categories/surgery/reserve|BACKEND LATENCY
2018-11-30 15:27:27,267|correlationID|HTTP-Sender I/O dispatcher-4|2|HTTP State Transition|http-outgoing-4|POST|http://localhost:9090/grandoaks/categories/surgery/reserve|RESPONSE_HEAD
2018-11-30 15:27:27,267|correlationID|HTTP-Sender I/O dispatcher-4|0|HTTP State Transition|http-outgoing-4|POST|http://localhost:9090/grandoaks/categories/surgery/reserve|RESPONSE_BODY
2018-11-30 15:27:27,267|correlationID|HTTP-Sender I/O dispatcher-4|0|HTTP State Transition|http-outgoing-4|POST|http://localhost:9090/grandoaks/categories/surgery/reserve|RESPONSE_DONE
2018-11-30 15:27:27,269|correlationID|HTTP-Listener I/O dispatcher-5|6|HTTP State Transition|http-incoming-17|POST|/healthcare/categories/surgery/reserve|RESPONSE_HEAD
2018-11-30 15:27:27,269|correlationID|HTTP-Listener I/O dispatcher-5|0|HTTP State Transition|http-incoming-17|POST|/healthcare/categories/surgery/reserve|RESPONSE_BODY
2018-11-30 15:27:27,269|correlationID|HTTP-Listener I/O dispatcher-5|0|HTTP State Transition|http-incoming-17|POST|/healthcare/categories/surgery/reserve|RESPONSE_DONE
2018-11-30 15:27:27,269|correlationID|HTTP-Listener I/O dispatcher-5|7|HTTP|http-incoming-17|POST|/healthcare/categories/surgery/reserve|ROUND-TRIP LATENCY

Reading correlation logs

The pattern/format of a correlation log is shown below along with an example log entry.

Time Stamp|Correlation ID|Thread name|Duration|Call type|Connection name|Method type|Connection URL|HTTP state
2018-11-30 15:27:27,269|correlationID|HTTP-Listener I/O dispatcher-5|7|HTTP|http-incoming-17|POST|/healthcare/categories/surgery/reserve|ROUND-TRIP LATENCY

The detail recorded in a log entry is described below.

Time Stamp

The time at which the log is created.

Example
2018-11-30 15:27:27,269
Correlation ID

Each log contains a correlation ID, which is unique to the HTTP request. A client can send the correlation ID in the header of the HTTP request. If this correlation ID is missing in the incoming request, the ESB will generate one for the request.

The HTTP header that carries the correlation ID is configured in the ESB.

Example
correlationID
Thread name

The identifier of the thread.

Example
HTTP-Listener I/O dispatcher-5
Duration

The duration (given in milliseconds) depends on the type of log entry:

  • If the state in the log entry is ROUND-TRIP LATENCY, the duration corresponds to the total time duration since the incoming message was received by by the ESB until the response message is sent back to the client.
  • If the state in the log entry is BACKEND LATENCY, the duration corresponds to the total time taken by the backend to process the message.
  • For all other log entries, the duration corresponds to the time gap between the current log entry and the immediately previous log entry. That is, the time taken for the HTTP request to move from one state to another.
Example
7
Call type

There are two possible call types:

  • HTTP call type identifies logs that correspond to either BACKEND LATENCY or ROUND-TRIP LATENCY states. That is, in the case of an individual request, one log will be recorded to identify back-end latency, and another log for round-trip latency. Since these two logs relate to HTTP calls between the ESB and external clients, they are categorized using the HTTP call type.
  • HTTP State Transition call type identifies logs that correspond to the state transitions in the HTTP transport related to a particular message.
Connection name

This is a name that is generated to identify the connection between the ESB and the external client.

Example
http-incoming-17
Method type

The HTTP method used for the request.

Example
POST

Connection URL

The connection URL of the external client with which the message is being communicated. For example, if the message is being read from the client, the connection URL corresponds to the client sending the message. However, if the message is being written to the backend, the URL corresponds to the backend client.

Example
/healthcare/categories/surgery/reserve
HTTP state

Listed below are the state changes that a message goes through when it flows through the ESB, and when the message flows between the ESB and external clients. Typically, a new log entry is generated for each of the states. However, there can be two separate log entries created for one particular state (except for BACKEND LATENCY and ROUND-TRIP LATENCY) depending on whether the message is being read (from the sender) or written (to the backend). You can identify the two separate log entries from the connection URL explained above.

  • REQUEST_HEAD: All HTTP headers in the incoming request are being read/ or being written to the backend.
  • REQUEST_BODY: The body of the incoming request is being read/ or being written to the backend.
  • REQUEST_DONE: The request is completely read (content decoded)/ or is completely written to the backend.
  • BACKEND LATENCY: The response message is received by the ESB. This status corresponds to the total time taken by the backend to process the message.
  • RESPONSE_HEAD: All HTTP headers in the response message are being read/ or being written to the client.
  • RESPONSE_BODY: The body of the response message is being read/ or being written to the client.
  • RESPONSE_DONE: The response is completely read/ or completely written to the client.
  • ROUND-TRIP LATENCY: The response message is completely written to the client. This status corresponds to the total time taken by the HTTP request to compete the round trip (from the point of receiving the HTTP request from a client until the response message is sent back to the client).
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