Journal consumes too much disk space and causes slow application performance


With a default FileJournal configuration in place, depending on the activity on the repository, over time, many Journal log-files will be created. This eventually may cause a disk space issue and performance problems in applications that use CRX.


The default configuration of the Journal theoretically allows for an unlimited number of rotated log-files.


Depending on the setup, the configuration differs slightly and is done in the repository.xml. For details on the individual configuration parameters, please refer to the Journal configuration article.

NOTE: please backup the instance before applying any changes!

CQ / CRX version Location
5.2.x / 1.4.2 crx-quickstart/server/runtime/0/_crx/WEB-INF/repository.xml
5.3 / 2.0 crx-quickstart/repository/repository.xml
5.5 / 2.3 crx-quickstart/repository/repository.xml

In addition to the reconfiguration of the FileJournal, the existing Journal needs to be cleaned up. Please note: as a prerequisite for clustered CRX environments it is strongly advised to let all cluster-nodes synchronize fully to the same revision as the master before applying following changes:

  1. stop (all) CRX instances
  2. if you have a multi node cluster then verify that all nodes are synchronized to the current revision.
    1. For each cluster node, verify that the revision number in crx-quickstart/repository/revision.log matches crx-quickstart/repository/shared/journal/revision
    2. The revision numbers are stored in binary so you can use a diff command in Linux to compare them. In Windows you can use a binary capable diff tool such as WinMerge
  3. delete ALL files below crx-quickstart/repository/shared/journal
  4. delete crx-quickstart/repository/revision.log
  5. apply Journal reconfiguration
  6. start (all) CRX instances


Non-clustered environment

In a non-clustered environment where CRX is running standalone, it is recommended to configure the maximum size of a Journal log-file to 100MB and limit the number of allowed files to 1. This is more than sufficient for such a setup.

<Journal class="">
   <param name="sharedPath" value="${rep.home}/shared"/>
   <param name="maximumSize" value="104857600" />
   <param name="maximumFiles" value="1" />


Clustered environment

If CRX is running in a cluster with other CRX instances, it is recommended to adjust the number of rotated Journal log-files. The Journal basically keeps track on every save operation of the repository, so depending on how long a slave cluster-node can be offline before being able to catch up with the latest revision of the master cluster-node instance, following 2 parameters can be configured to match requirements:

  • maximumAge : maximum age of a Journal log-file before it gets removed
  • maximumFiles : maximum number of allowed log-rotation


<Journal class="">
   <param name="sharedPath" value="${rep.home}/shared"/>
   <param name="maximumSize" value="104857600" />
   <param name="maximumAge" value="P1M" />
   <param name="maximumFiles" value="10" />
Rotate tarjournal in shared-nothing clustering
From CRX 2.2 onwards new TarJournal is used, which implements journaling using enhanced TarPM file format and cluster synchronization protocol, and works in shared nothing mode.  The default value of maximum file size is 256MB. While this default value is fine in most cases. The max value is 1GB. For more details on other parameter click here. The changes gets affected on next run of Tar Optimization.  An example to rotate to happen after every 24 hours is shown below
<Journal class="">
    <param name="maxFileSize" value="256"/>
    <param name="maximumAge" value="PT24H"/>


CRX1.4.2, CRX2.0, CRX2.2, CRX2.3


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