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Disable access logging in Tomcat 7

Guacamole is a great HTML5 VPN gateway. It allows me to access internal applications without having to install any software. I wrote about it briefly in this article. ┬áIt wasn’t until I noticed that my Splunk indexer reported warnings that I had exceeded my 500MB quota (the free license maximum amount) that I realized that guacamole has a verbosity problem.

In examining the logs it appears that Guacamole passes about 6 HTTP requests per second while you’re using it. This problem is magnified if you have guacamole sitting behind an apache server, as each request is logged twice – once in Apache access logs, and again in Tomcat access logs.

Since I already have that same information in apache access logs and I don’t allow access directly to Tomcat, I set out to disable Tomcat logging completely. Things have changed between versions so it got a little confusing.

To disable logging in Tomcat 7, you have to edit /etc/tomcat7/server.xml (that’s where it lives in Ubuntu Server 14.04 anyway) and comment out a section (thanks to Stack Overflow for helping me figure this out.)

vim /etc/tomcat7/server.xml

Find this line:

    <Valve className="org.apache.catalina.valves.AccessLogValve" directory="logs"  
           prefix="localhost_access_log." suffix=".txt"
           pattern="%h %l %u %t &quot;%r&quot; %s %b" resolveHosts="false"/>

Comment out the line like this:

    <!-- <Valve className="org.apache.catalina.valves.AccessLogValve" directory="logs"  
           prefix="localhost_access_log." suffix=".txt"
           pattern="%h %l %u %t &quot;%r&quot; %s %b" resolveHosts="false"/> -->

Save the file and restart Tomcat.

:wq
service tomcat7 restart

No more duplicate logging.