Apache Solr

The Apache Solr integration collects core and cache metrics. Core metrics focus on requests, document count, and index size. Cache metrics focus on cache utilization. The integration also collects Solr logs and parses them into a JSON payload. The result includes fields for shard, replica, core, level, and message.

For more information about Solr, see solr.apache.org/.

Prerequisites

To collect and ingest Solr logs and metrics, you must install Ops Agent version 2.10.0 or higher.

This receiver supports Apache Solr versions 7.7 and 8.x.

Configure your Solr instance

To expose a JMX endpoint, you must set the com.sun.management.jmxremote.port system property when starting the JVM. We also recommend setting the com.sun.management.jmxremote.rmi.port system property to the same port. To expose a JMX endpoint remotely, you must also set the java.rmi.server.hostname system property.

By default, these properties are set in a Solr deployment's solr-env.sh file.

To set system properties by using command-line arguments, prepend the property name with -D when starting the JVM. For example, to set com.sun.management.jmxremote.port to port 18983, specify the following when starting the JVM:

-Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.port=18983

Configure the Ops Agent for Solr

Following the guide for Configuring the Ops Agent, add the required elements to collect logs and metrics from your Solr instances, and restart the agent.

Example configuration

The following command creates the configuration file to collect and ingest logs and metrics for Solr and restarts the Ops Agent on Linux.

sudo tee /etc/google-cloud-ops-agent/config.yaml > /dev/null << EOF
logging:
  receivers:
    solr_system:
      type: solr_system
  service:
    pipelines:
      solr:
        receivers:
          - solr_system
metrics:
  receivers:
    solr:
      type: solr
  service:
    pipelines:
      solr:
        receivers:
          - solr
EOF
sudo service google-cloud-ops-agent restart

Configure logs collection

To ingest logs from Solr, you must create receivers for the logs Solr produces and then create a pipeline for the new receivers. To configure a receiver for your solr_system logs, specify the following fields:

Field Default Description
type The value must be solr_system.
include_paths [/var/solr/logs/solr.log] The log files to read.
exclude_paths The log files to exclude, if include_paths contains a glob or directory.
record_log_file_path false If set to true, then the path to the specific file from which the log record was obtained appears in the output log entry as the value of the agent.googleapis.com/log_file_path label. When using a wildcard, only the path of the file from which the record was obtained is recorded.
wildcard_refresh_interval 60s The interval at which wildcard file paths in include_paths are refreshed. Given as a time duration, for example 30s or 2m. This property might be useful under high logging throughputs where log files are rotated faster than the default interval.

What is logged

The logName of the solr_system logs are derived from the receiver IDs specified in the configuration. Detailed fields inside the LogEntry are as follows.

Field Type Description
timestamp string (Timestamp) Time the request was received.
jsonPayload.collection string Solr collection related to the log.
jsonPayload.shard string Solr shard related to the log.
jsonPayload.replica string Solr replica related to the log.
jsonPayload.core string Solr core related to the log.
jsonPayload.source string Source from where the log originated.
jsonPayload.thread string Thread from where the log originated.
jsonPayload.message string Log message.
jsonPayload.exception string Exception related to the log, including detailed stack trace where provided.
severity string (LogSeverity) Log entry level (translated).

Configure metrics collection

To collect metrics from Solr, you must create a receiver for Solr metrics and then create a pipeline for the new receiver. To configure a receiver for your Solr metrics, specify the following fields:

Field Default Description
type The value must be solr.
endpoint localhost:18983 The JMX Service URL or host and port used to construct the Service URL. Must be in the form of host:port. Values in host:port form will be used to create a Service URL of service:jmx:rmi:///jndi/rmi://<host>:<port>/jmxrmi.
username The configured username if JMX is configured to require authentication.
password The configured password if JMX is configured to require authentication.
collection_interval 60s A time.Duration value, such as 30s or 5m.

What is monitored

The following table provides the list of metrics that the Ops Agent collects from the Solr instance.

Metric type 
Kind, Type
Monitored resources
Labels
workload.googleapis.com/solr.cache.eviction.count
CUMULATIVEINT64
gce_instance
cache
core
workload.googleapis.com/solr.cache.hit.count
CUMULATIVEINT64
gce_instance
cache
core
workload.googleapis.com/solr.cache.insert.count
CUMULATIVEINT64
gce_instance
cache
core
workload.googleapis.com/solr.cache.lookup.count
CUMULATIVEINT64
gce_instance
cache
core
workload.googleapis.com/solr.cache.size
GAUGEINT64
gce_instance
cache
core
workload.googleapis.com/solr.document.count
GAUGEINT64
gce_instance
core
workload.googleapis.com/solr.index.size
GAUGEINT64
gce_instance
core
workload.googleapis.com/solr.request.count
CUMULATIVEINT64
gce_instance
core
handler
type
workload.googleapis.com/solr.request.error.count
CUMULATIVEINT64
gce_instance
core
handler
type
workload.googleapis.com/solr.request.time.average
GAUGEDOUBLE
gce_instance
core
handler
type
workload.googleapis.com/solr.request.timeout.count
CUMULATIVEINT64
gce_instance
core
handler
type

Verify the configuration

You can use the Logs Explorer and Metrics Explorer to verify that you correctly configured the Solr receiver. It might take one or two minutes for the Ops Agent to begin collecting logs and metrics.

To verify the logs are ingested, go to the Logs Explorer and run the following query to view the Solr logs:

resource.type="gce_instance"
logName=("projects/PROJECT_ID/logs/solr_system")


To verify the metrics are ingested, go to Metrics Explorer and run the following query in the MQL tab.

fetch gce_instance
| metric 'workload.googleapis.com/solr.request.count'
| align rate(1m)
| every 1m

What's next

For a walkthrough on how to use Ansible to install the Ops Agent, configure a third-party application, and install a sample dashboard, see the Install the Ops Agent to troubleshoot third-party applications video.