BufferingWrapper target

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A target that buffers log events and sends them in batches to the wrapped target.

Supported in .NET, Silverlight, Compact Framework and Mono.

Configuration Syntax

  <target xsi:type="BufferingWrapper"
    <target xsi:type="wrappedTargetType" ...target properties... />


General Options

  • name - Name of the target.

Buffering Options

  • bufferSize - Number of log events to be buffered. When the limit is reached, then a synchronous flush is performed. Integer Default: 100

  • flushTimeout - Timeout (in milliseconds) after a write, until the entire buffer is asynchronously flushed. Use -1 to disable timed flushes. Integer Default: -1

  • slidingTimeout - Indicates whether to use sliding flushTimeout. Boolean Default: True
    This value determines how the inactivity period is determined. If sliding timeout is enabled, the inactivity timer is reset after each write, if it is disabled - inactivity timer will count from the first event written to the buffer.

  • overflowAction - Action to be taken when the buffer exceeds the set bufferSize. Enum Default: Flush. Introduced in NLog 4.5
    Possible values:

    • Flush - All the log events in the buffer will be written in the wrapped target.
    • Discard - The oldest log event will be removed from the buffer. If this setting is used, the Flush action will need to be triggered manually using another wrapper like the AsyncWrapper or by using the flushTimeout option.


Buffer and asynchronously writing

If flushTimeout is larger than 0, then the messages are written asynchronously. There is then no need to use this target in combination with the async attribute or the AsyncWrapper.

When messages are written asynchronously, this is done in another thread. This means context information like thread-user-identity is different.

If the buffer is filled before the flushTimeout fires and triggers the asynchronous flush, then the logging thread will be performing the flush, and be blocked by the operation.

Send batch when triggered by event

This will send the last 50 messages to the wrappedTargetType, when an Error occurs:

  <target name="String" xsi:type="AutoFlushWrapper" condition="level >= LogLevel.Error">
     <target xsi:type="BufferingWrapper"
     <target xsi:type="wrappedTargetType" ...target properties... />