The calico-node container
The components in the calico-node container all log to the directories under
/var/log/calico inside the container. By default this is mapped to the
/var/log/calico directory on the host but can be changed by specifying a
--log-dir parameter on the
calicoctl node command.
By default, each component (below) logs to its own directory. Files are
automatically rotated, and by default 10 files of 1MB each are kept. The
current log file is called
current and rotated files have @ followed by a
timestamp detailing when the files was rotated in tai64n format.
All logging is done using svlogd.
Each component can be configured by dropping a file named
config into that
component’s logging directory.
e.g. to configure bird to only log 4 files of 10KB each
#/var/log/calico/bird/config s10000 n4
svlogd can also be configured to forward logs to syslog, to prefix each line and to filter logs. See the documentation for further details.
See the following sub-sections for details on configuring the log level for each calico-node component.
Bird and Bird6 are used for distributing IPv4 and IPv6 routes between Calico enabled hosts.
calicoctl config bgp loglevel command on any host to change the
log level across all BGP nodes, or use the
calicoctl config node bgp loglevel
command on a specific host to change the log level for that specific BGP node.
Valid log levels are: none, debug and info. e.g.
calicoctl config bgp loglevel none calicoctl config node bgp loglevel debug
Felix is the primary Calico agent that runs on each machine that hosts endpoints. Felix is responsible for the programming of iptables rules on the host.
calicoctl config felix loglevel command on any host to change the
log level on all Felix instances.
Valid log levels are: none, debug, info, warning, error, critical
calicoctl config felix loglevel error
The confd agent generates configuration files for Felix and Bird using configuration data present in the etcd datastore.
To change the log level, edit the node_filesystem/etc/service/confd/run and rebuild the calico-node image.
For more information on the allowed levels, see the documentation
Docker network and IPAM driver
When running Calico as a Docker network plugin (i.e. using the
option on the
calicoctl node command), the Calico driver is run in a separate
The logs may be viewed running the standard
docker logs command for this
docker logs calico-libnetwork
For details on how to change the log levels for the plugin, please view the libnetwork-plugin documentation.