How can I change the agent log level?

The Sysdig agent generates log entries in /opt/draios/logs/draios.log. The agent will rotate out the log file when it reaches 10MB in size keeping the 10 most recent log files archived with a date-stamp appended to the filename.

The default logging level of the Sysdig agent creates an entry for each aggregated metrics transmission to the backend servers once per second in addition to entries for any warnings and errors.

The type and amount of logging can be changed by adding parameters and log level arguments shown below to the agent's user settings configuration file here:


After editing, restart the agent at the shell with service dragent restart  to make changes take effect.


For more information on adding parameters to a container agent's configuration file, see the FAQ: How-can-I-edit-the-agents-configuration-file?


File Log Level

If you are troubleshooting agent behavior, increase the logging to debug:

  file_priority: debug 

If you wish to reduce log messages going to the /opt/draios/logs/draios.log file, add the log: parameter with one of the following arguments under it and indented two spaces: [ error | warning | info | debug | trace ]

  file_priority: error


Container Console Logging

If you are running the containerized agent, you can also reduce console output by adding the additional parameter console_priority: with the same arguments [ error | warning | info | debug | trace ]

console_priority: warning


Note that troubleshooting a host with less than the default 'info' level will be more difficult or not possible. You should revert to 'info' if you are troubleshooting the agent.  A level of 'error' will give the fewest entries, a level of 'debug' will give the most, 'info' is the default if no entry exists.


Example dragent.yaml File:

customerid: 831f3-Your-Access-Key-9401
tags: local:sf,acct:eng,svc:websvr
file_priority: warning
console_priority: info


If you are using the "-ADDITIONAL_CONF" parameter to start a Docker containerized agent, you would specify this entry:  

-e ADDITIONAL_CONF="log:\n  file_priority: error\n  console_priority: error"


For help on editing the agent's configuration file please see this FAQ:


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