Title: TimedRotatingFileHandler overwrite log
Type: behavior Stage: patch review
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 3.9
Status: open Resolution:
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: vinay.sajip Nosy List: Harry-Lees, aeg, vinay.sajip
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2021-05-20 10:21 by aeg, last changed 2021-08-02 07:48 by vinay.sajip.

File name Uploaded Description Edit aeg, 2021-05-20 10:50 vinay.sajip, 2021-08-01 05:53 Slightly updated Python script vinay.sajip, 2021-08-01 05:56 Test shell script
Pull Requests
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PR 26553 open Harry-Lees, 2021-06-05 23:12
Messages (5)
msg394009 - (view) Author: Eiji Ito (aeg) Date: 2021-05-20 10:21
If you use TimedRotatingFileHandler and specify when='midnight',atTime, the log will always rollover if you start it at the same time as atTime.

For example, if atTime='00:00:00', and you run a script that outputs logs using the logger library twice at 00:00:00, the log that was rolled over the first time will be overwritten by the second rollover, and the 1st rollovered log will be lost.
msg395141 - (view) Author: Harry (Harry-Lees) * Date: 2021-06-04 23:39
This bug seems to come from the fact that the file rollover occurs it removes any files with same name as the destination file.

I believe this bug occurs on all "when" options, but the midnight option truncates the filename so only the date so it's much more likely to be a collision in filename so it's much easier to notice that it's happening.

One way of fixing this is to check if the destination file already exists, and if it does, append the logs to the end of the file instead of overwriting it.

Another potential fix is to check if the destination file already exists, and if it does rename it to something else, or even to choose a different name for the destination file of the log e.g. if the filename would be log.2021-05-05 but there is a collision, call the file log.2021-05-05(1).

Personally I prefer the last option, it seems like the best way to avoid any future issues that could arise from appending. I can open a PR for this in the morning.
msg398683 - (view) Author: Vinay Sajip (vinay.sajip) * (Python committer) Date: 2021-08-01 05:56
I modified the provided test script (-> and added a test shell script which runs it twice in succession. What it printed was:

6 51 43
TEST > [INFO] [2021-08-01 06:51:43] : foo 2021-08-01T06:51:43.091681
6 51 43
TEST > [INFO] [2021-08-01 06:51:43] : bar 2021-08-01T06:51:43.138274

and the log files created were

$ more test.log*
bar 2021-08-01T06:51:43.138274
foo 2021-08-01T06:51:43.091681

So from what I can see, both logged messages are present and nothing has been lost. Can you describe the problem more clearly? I can't see one.
msg398692 - (view) Author: Harry (Harry-Lees) * Date: 2021-08-01 09:35
The issue appears when the TimedRotatingHandler rolls over to a filename that already exists. Running your bash script, the handler correctly rolls over so you end up with the expected behaviour. This issue arises in the case that there is already a file with the target name, that file will be overwritten when the handler rolls over.

This can be seen clearly if you modify to contain

python3 foo
python3 bar
python3 baz

results are below:

$ python3 --version
Python 3.9.5
$ bash ./
10 14 51
TEST > [INFO] [2021-08-01 10:14:51] : foo 2021-08-01T10:14:51.521266
10 14 51
TEST > [INFO] [2021-08-01 10:14:51] : bar 2021-08-01T10:14:51.577802
10 14 51
TEST > [INFO] [2021-08-01 10:14:51] : baz 2021-08-01T10:14:51.634795
$ ls | grep .log
$ cat test.log
baz 2021-08-01T10:14:51.634795
$ cat test.log.2021-07-31 
bar 2021-08-01T10:14:51.577802

as you can see, the logs from foo have been overwritten.

A very similar result can be seen if you manually create a file and then run the test script.

$ python3 --version
Python 3.9.5
$ echo "logging test" > test.log.2021-07-31
$ python3 foo
10 33 25
TEST > [INFO] [2021-08-01 10:33:25] : foo 2021-08-01T10:33:25.003750
$ cat test.log
foo 2021-08-01T10:33:25.003750
$ cat test.log.2021-07-31

once again, you can see that the handler overwrote the target file (this time leaving it blank as there were no logs to write).
msg398732 - (view) Author: Vinay Sajip (vinay.sajip) * (Python committer) Date: 2021-08-02 07:48
OK, I get it now :-)

See my comments on the PR - I think the renaming strategy might need rethinking in the presence of a "namer" routine being set. See bpo-43344, bpo-44753. This area (TimedRotatingFileHandler) is unfortunately not yet well tested, because you would need mocking to avoid delays in test runs. But ideally, we would test in the absence and presence of a renamer routine that moved the ".log" to the end of the filename.
Date User Action Args
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2021-08-01 09:35:10Harry-Leessetmessages: + msg398692
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2021-06-05 23:12:47Harry-Leessetkeywords: + patch
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