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They Only Had a Small Amount of Error Reports Queued Up [Humorous Image]

This is a situation where you are probably better off not knowing the details…

I’m sure this is some sort of record [Imgur]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 07/13/12

Comments (6)

  1. Anon

    Looks pretty NORMAL to me.

  2. TheFu

    A few months ago, an email server I run was constantly running out of storage even though it has 4x the amount of storage that all the user quotas combined would require. I cleared out the log files and it helped a little, but not enough. Every week or so, it would fill up again. I’d get busy and forget about it, then email would start bouncing when it was 100% full. Unhappy users would call. Not good.

    Jump forward 2 months and I’m doing a systems upgrade – both the version of the email system AND OS are being upgraded. The first thing I do after all the planning is complete is a full system backup. Everything. Previously, this process was taking about 30 minutes, but since an automatic backup happened just a few hours earlier, I expected the backup to complete in 3-4 minutes. It took the 30+ minutes, so something was definitely wrong. The only way that could happen is if there were thousands of files that changed between 2am-4am OR 1 really huge file that changed.

    Turned out it was a single HUGE Log file for a java application not stored in the expected place for log files, 11GB worth of the same error being appended every 20 seconds. It had been for … perhaps 2 years. I love Java, NOT! Every recent backup was 11GB larger than it needed to be; compression made it about 400M on disk, but still, it was big. The log size was probably growing about 500MB per month. Googled the error, found a solution, applied it and that file has remained 0 bytes for a few months. The OS and system updates went according to plan.

    At least it wasn’t 35.2GB log file.

  3. DK

    The Fu,

    Thanks for info. It helped me a lot in the same problem i was facing in my Project :)

  4. keith

    That’s hilarious!

    It would be interesting to see inside the log file(s). Probably nothing but banal repititions there, but might point to something that needs to be addressed.

  5. Roi

    I fail to see how it’s Java’s fault in that situation TheFu. This is more like an incompetent programmer’s fault.

  6. pbug56

    It’s a combination of things.

    1. No one checking the logs – and then clearing them.
    2. Bad logging design – frequently piles of useless info but ever enough on an actual error.
    3. Bad programming, worse debugging.
    4. No viable routine for determining where disk space is being wasted.

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