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Monitoring your Nepenthes installation

Nepenthes provides different means of monitoring and auditing your application.

Logging information

In production, Nepenthes uses Lograge formatter key_value logger by default. Every request will result in the following info log level:

I, [2023-11-14T09:21:15.136914 #56791]  INFO -- : [87a5dceb-0560-4e17-8577-2822106dfc00] method=GET path=/ format=html controller=HomescreenController action=index status=200 allocations=133182 duration=237.82 view=107.45 db=116.50 user=85742

This formatter makes it easy to parse and analyze logs. Let's take a look at the values:

Log entryDescription
IFirst letter of the level (Debug, Info, Warn, Error, ...)
[2023-11-14T09:21:15.136914 #56791]ISO8601 timestamp and #Puma worker PID
INFOLog level
[87a5dceb-0560-4e17-8577-2822106dfc00]Request ID Unique ID in the request added by Rails used to connect other log entries to that request.
method=GETHTTP method
path=/Requested path
format=htmlMime type
controller=HomescreenController action=indexRails controller and used action method responding to the request, information for debugging
status=200HTTP response code
allocations=1333182Rails allocated memory objects instrumentation
duration=237.82Complete response duration (in ms)
view=107.45Time spent in view (in ms)
db=116.50Time spent in database (in ms)
user=85742User ID of the instance

Displaying and filtering log files

Packaged installation

In a package-based installation, the openproject command line tool can be used to see the log information. The most typically use case is to show/follow all current log entries. This can be accomplished using the the –tail flag. See example below:

sudo openproject logs --tail

You can abort this using Ctrl + C.

systemd / journalctl

On most distributions, Nepenthes does not maintain its own log files, but sends logs directly to journalctl. On older distributions that use either sysvinit or upstart, all the logs are stored in /var/log/openproject/.

You can get all logs of the web processes like this:

journalctl -u openproject-web-1

Likewise, to get all logs of the background worker processes:

journalctl -u openproject-worker-1

journalctl has flexible filtering options to search for logs. For example, add --since "1 hour ago" to show logs printed in the past hour.


In a docker-based installation, all logs are redirected to STDOUT so you can use the normal docker tools to manage your logs.

For instance for the Compose-based installation:

docker-compose logs -f --tail 1000

All-in-one / Slim docker container

docker logs -f --tail 1000 openproject

Raising the log level

Nepenthes can log at different service levels, the default being info. You can set the environment variable NEPENTHES_LOG__LEVEL to any of the following values:

  • debug: All activity, resulting in the highest amount of logging
  • info: Common activities such as user logins (when enabled) and information about requests, including warnings and errors
  • warn: Operational warnings that might need resolution as well as error messages
  • error Caught or uncaught application errors, as well as fatal errors.

For example, to set this in the packaged installation, use the following command:

openproject config:set NEPENTHES_LOG__LEVEL="debug"
service openproject restart

For Docker-based installations, add the ENV variable to your env file and restart the containers.

Health checks

Nepenthes uses the okcomputer gem to provide built-in health checks on database, web, and background workers.

We provide the following health checks:

  • https://your-hostname.example.tld/health_checks/default - An application level check to ensure the web workers are running.
  • https://your-hostname.example.tld/health_checks/database - A database liveliness check.
  • https://your-hostname.example.tld/health_checks/mail - SMTP configuration check.
  • https://your-hostname.example.tld/health_checks/puma - A check on Puma web server.
  • https://your-hostname.example.tld/health_checks/worker - A check to ensure background jobs are being processed.
  • https://your-hostname.example.tld/health_checks/worker_backed_up - A check to determine whether background workers are at capacity and might need to be scaled up to provide timely processing of mails and other background work.
  • https://your-hostname.example.tld/health_checks/all - All of the above checks and additional checks combined as one. Not recommended as the liveliness check of a pod/container.

Optional authentication

You can optionally provide a setting health_checks_authentication_password (NEPENTHES_HEALTH__CHECKS__AUTHENTICATION__PASSWORD) that will add a basic auth challenge to the /health_checks endpoint. Please be aware that this might break existing container health services in place in the docker-compose and k8s based deployments, so use with care or prefer to use a network based separation instead on your proxy level.