Clean-up of unreferenced KahaDB journal log files data-<id>.log will occur every 30 seconds by default. If a data file is in-use it will not be cleaned up.

A data file may be in-use because:

  1. It contains a pending message for a destination or durable topic subscription
  2. It contains an ack for a message which is in an in-use data file - the ack cannot be removed as a recovery would then mark the message for redelivery
  3. The journal references a pending transaction
  4. It is a journal file, and there may be a pending write to it

The trace level logging of the org.apache.activemq.store.kahadb.MessageDatabase class provides insight into the cleanup process and will allow you to determine why a given data file is considered in-use and as a result, not a candidate for cleanup.

To debug, add the following (or similar) to your log4j.properties file (if needed):

Either restart AMQ and let the cleanup process run (give it a minute or two for example) or alternatively apply this logging configuration to a running broker via JMX. The "Broker" MBean exposes an operation called "reloadLog4jProperties" in JMX that can be used to tell the broker to reload its log4j.properties. Often its enough to apply this logging configuration for 2-5 minutes and then analyze the broker's log file.

Examine the log file and look for cleanup of the data files. The process starts with the complete set of known data files and queries the index on a per destination basis to prune this list. Anything that remains is a candidate for cleanup.
The trace logging gives the destination and the log file numbers that remain candidates for removal as it iterates through the index.

At some point you'll hit a destination and the number of data file ids will suddenly drop because that destination references them. It could be a DLQ or an offline durable subscriber.
In any event, the logging will help you pinpoint the destinations that are hogging disk space.

Here is a quick sample

We get one candidate, data-87.log from the existing set of journal data files [86, 87, 163, 164]. There is a current transaction using 164, destination (Queue named E) '0\:E' has some messages in 163, destination '0:I' has messages in 86 and 87 is unreferenced. In this case, there must be some long standing unacked messages or a very slow consumer on destination '0:I'.
The '0:' prefix is shorthand for a queue, '1:' for a topic, i.e: dest:1:B is a topic named B.

 

 


Non-persistent messages

Similar for non-persistent messages that are not stored in your configured KahaDB persistence adapter but get swapped to temp storage once they exceed the broker's configured memoryUsage limit. A similar logging configuration can show details of the cleanup of temp storage.

 

 

Note the last line of above logging configuration disables the verbose logging of the kahadb cleanup task. If that line gets removed, the cleanup details of both kahadb and temp storage will be logged to the same file but you need to be careful not to mix the logging output.

© 2004-2011 The Apache Software Foundation.
Apache ActiveMQ, ActiveMQ, Apache, the Apache feather logo, and the Apache ActiveMQ project logo are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other marks mentioned may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Graphic Design By Hiram