Troubleshoot Collector logs 🔗
See the OpenTelemetry project documentation to activate the Collector’s debug logging .
Here are some common issues related to log collection on the Collector.
Source isn’t generating logs 🔗
If using Linux, run the following commands to check if the source is generating Collector logs:
tail -f /var/log/myTestLog.log journalctl -u my-service.service -f
If using Windows, run the following command to check if the source is generating Collector logs:
Fluentd isn’t configured correctly 🔗
Do the following to check the Fluentd configuration:
Check that td-agent is running. On Linux, run
systemctl status td-agent. On Windows, run
If you changed the configuration, restart Fluentd. On Linux, run
systemctl restart td-agent. On Windows, run
Restart-Service -Name td-agent.
Check fluentd.conf and conf.d/*.
@label @SPLUNKmust be added to every source to activate log collection.
Manual configuration might be required to collect logs off the source. Add configuration files to in the conf.d directory as needed.
Activate debug logging in fluentd.conf (
log_level debug), restart td-agent, and check that the source is generating logs.
While every attempt is made to properly configure permissions, it is possible that td-agent does not have the permission required to collect logs. Debug logging should indicate this issue.
It is possible that the
<parser> section configuration does not match the log events.
If you see a message such as “2021-03-17 02:14:44 +0000 [debug]: #0 connect new socket”, Fluentd is working as expected. You need to activate debug logging to see this message.
Collector isn’t configured properly 🔗
Fluentd is part of the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector, but deactivated by default for Linux and Windows. To activate it, use the
--with-fluentd option when installing the Collector for Linux, or the
with_fluentd = 1 option when installing the Collector for Windows.
Do the following to check the Collector configuration:
http://localhost:55679/debug/tracezto check zPages for samples. You might need to configure the endpoint.
Activate logging exporter. See Logging exporter for more information.
journalctl -u splunk-otel-collector.service -fto collect the logs for you to review.
Review Troubleshoot the Splunk OpenTelemetry Collector if you can’t find what you need in the logs.
Test the Collector by sending synthetic data 🔗
You can manually generate logs. By default, Fluentd monitors journald and /var/log/syslog.log for events.
echo "2021-03-17 02:14:44 +0000 [debug]: test" >>/var/log/syslog.log echo "2021-03-17 02:14:44 +0000 [debug]: test" | systemd-cat
Properly structured syslog is required for Fluentd to properly pick up the log line.
Unwanted profiling logs appearing in Splunk Observability Cloud 🔗
By default, the Splunk Distribution of the OpenTelemetry Collector sends AlwaysOn Profiling data using the Splunk HEC exporter. See Turn off logs or profiling data for more information.
Exclude log data in the Collector 🔗
Depending on its configuration, the Splunk Distribution of the OpenTelemetry Collector might collect and send logs to Splunk Observability Cloud through a
logs pipeline that uses the Splunk HEC exporter.
To turn off logs colletion, see Turn off logs or profiling data for more information.
Send logs from the Collector to Splunk Cloud Platform or Enterprise 🔗
To send logs from the Collector to Splunk Cloud Platform or Splunk Enterprise, see Send logs to Splunk Cloud Platform or Splunk Enterprise.