Multiprocess agent plugin for Fluentd
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Multiprocess agent plugin for Fluentd


multiprocess agent plugin runs some child fluentd processes. You can take advantage of multiple CPU cores using this plugin.

Please note that this plugin does not generate records although this is an input plugin. This plugin just controls start & shutdown of child processes.


  @type multiprocess

  # optional:
  #graceful_kill_interval 2s
  #graceful_kill_interval_increment 3s
  #graceful_kill_timeout 60s

    cmdline -c /etc/fluent/fluentd_child1.conf --log /var/log/fluent/fluentd_child1.log
    pid_file /var/run/
    cmdline -c /etc/fluent/fluentd_child2.conf --log /var/log/fluent/fluentd_child2.log
    sleep_before_start 5s
    pid_file /var/run/
    cmdline -c /etc/fluent/fluentd_child3.conf --log /var/log/fluent/fluentd_child3.log
    sleep_before_shutdown 5s
    pid_file /var/run/
  • process: section sets command line arguments of a child process. This plugin creates one child process for each <process> section
  • cmdline: This parameter is required in a <process> section
  • sleep_before_start: Optional. Sets wait time before starting the process. Note that child processes start from last to first (fluentd_child3 -> sleep 5 -> { fluentd_child2, fluentd_child1 } in this case)
  • sleep_before_shutdown: Optional. Sets wait time before shutting down the process. Note that child processes shutdown from first to last ({ fluentd_child1, fluentd_child2 } -> sleep 5 -> fluentd_child3 in this case)
  • pid_file: Optional. Writes child process id to this file. This is useful for sending a signal to child processes, e.g. logrotate's pid.

Logs for daemonized processes

Daemonized fluentd closes its STDOUT. So child processes on daemonized fluentd & in_multiprocess doesn't put its logs without --log option. Specifing --log option always is best practice to help this situation.


You should use unique parameter in each sub configuration to avoid conflict problem, e.g. buffer_path of buf_file, s3_object_key_format of out_s3 and more.