Puppet Server Configuration Files: logback.xml

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Puppet Server’s logging is routed through the Java Virtual Machine’s Logback library and configured in an XML file typically named logback.xml.

Note: This document covers basic, commonly modified options for Puppet Server logs. Logback is a powerful library with many options. For detailed information on configuring Logback, see the Logback Configuration Manual.

For advanced logging configuration tips specific to Puppet Server, such as configuring Logstash or outputting logs in JSON format, see Advanced Logging Configuration.

Puppet Server logging

By default, Puppet Server logs messages and errors to /var/log/puppetlabs/puppetserver/puppetserver.log. The default log level is ‘INFO’, and Puppet Server sends nothing to syslog. You can change Puppet Server’s logging behavior by editing /etc/puppetlabs/puppetserver/logback.xml, and you can specify a different Logback config file in global.conf.

Puppet Server picks up changes to logback.xml at runtime, so you don’t need to restart the service for changes to take effect.

Puppet Server also relies on Logback to manage, rotate, and archive Server log files. Logback archives Server logs when they exceed 10MB, and when the total size of all Server logs exceeds 1GB, it automatically deletes the oldest logs.



To modify Puppet Server’s logging level, change the level attribute of the root tag. By default, the logging level is set to info:

<root level="info">

Supported logging levels, in order from most to least information logged, are trace, debug, info, warn, and error. For instance, to enable debug logging for Puppet Server, change info to debug:

<root level="debug">

Puppet Server profiling data is included at the debug logging level.

Logging location

You can change the file to which Puppet Server writes its logs in the appender section named F1. By default, the location is set to /var/log/puppetlabs/puppetserver/puppetserver.log:

    <appender name="F1" class="ch.qos.logback.core.FileAppender">

To change this to /var/log/puppetserver.log, modify the contents of the file element:


Note that the user account that owns the Puppet Server process must have write permissions to the destination path.

HTTP request logging

Puppet Server logs HTTP traffic separately, and this logging is configured in a different Logback configuration file located at /etc/puppetlabs/puppetserver/request-logging.xml. To specify a different Logback configuration file, change the access-log-config setting in Puppet Server’s webserver.conf file.

The HTTP request log uses the same Logback configuration format and settings as the Puppet Server log. It also lets you configure what it logs using patterns, which follow Logback’s PatternLayout format.

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