Modifying the Proxy Log Level

Emitting logs is an expensive operation for a network proxy, and by default, the Linkerd data plane proxies are configured to only log exceptional events. However, sometimes it is useful to increase the verbosity of proxy logs to assist with diagnosing proxy behavior. Happily, Linkerd allows you to modify these logs dynamically.

The log level of a Linkerd proxy can be modified on the fly by using the proxy's /proxy-log-level endpoint on the admin-port.

For example, to change the proxy log-level of a pod to debug, run (replace ${POD:?} or set the environment-variable POD with the pod name):

kubectl port-forward ${POD:?} linkerd-admin
curl -v --data 'linkerd=debug' -X PUT localhost:4191/proxy-log-level

whereby linkerd-admin is the name of the admin-port (4191 by default) of the injected sidecar-proxy.

The resulting logs can be viewed with kubectl logs ${POD:?}.

If changes to the proxy log level should be retained beyond the lifetime of a pod, add the annotation to the pod template (or other options, see reference).

The syntax of the proxy log level can be found in the proxy log level reference.

Note that logging has a noticeable, negative impact on proxy throughput. If the pod will continue to serve production traffic, you may wish to reset the log level once you are done.