How to change the location of stdout and stderr logs

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If JIRA is running as service in Windows, stdout_*.log and stderr_*.log files will be created. These files will grow rapidly and over time can become very large. You can change the location of these files to a different location, if needed, using the following methods:

Method 1

  1. Remove the JIRA service.
  2. Open the service.bat file with editor and find the parameter below:

    set PR_STDOUTPUT=auto
    set PR_STDERROR=auto
  3. Change set PR_LOGPATH=%CATALINA_BASE%\logs to any location you wish, for example set PR_LOGPATH=D:\logs
  4. Run service.bat install JIRA_SERVICE_NAME to install JIRA as a service again.

Method 2

  1. Open the JIRA service configuration as explained at Setting Properties and Options on Startup - via CommandLine.
  2. Modify the location of the Redirect Stdout and Redirect Stderr paths as shown in the screenshot below:

    (info) Ensure that the user running Jira service has appropriate permissions to the file/directory where you want to redirect the logs to
  3. Apply the changes.
  4. Restart JIRA service for the changes to take effect.

(info) You can also rotate Catalina log file. See How to Rotate Catalina Log File

Last modified on Aug 24, 2022

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