Hibernate has a great feature that will show the SQL statements which is some what useful for debugging. To turn this on simply add set ‘hibernate.show_sql = true’. This will show the SQL logging in Tomcat’s catalina log. To show these in the candlepin.log, you can set the following properties (in /etc/candlepin/candlepin.conf):

log4j.logger.org.hibernate.SQL=DEBUG # shows the queries
log4j.logger.org.hibernate.type.descriptor.sql=TRACE # shows query parameter values

But the Hibernate logging lacks a much needed feature, showing the parameter values of the given SQL statement. For this you need a logging JDBC driver that can intercept the statements log the parameters then forward it off to the real JDBC driver.

A few years ago a friend of mine wrote his own for a project we were working on together: jdbcLogDriver. If you want to use logdriver, there are just a few things you need to do.

Update your $HOME/.candlepinrc to know about logdriver, by adding the following:


That will configure the deploy script to pass in a buildr environment so it will know to download the dependency and package it into the war.

If you are using AutoConf then candlepin.conf will now render candlepin.conf to use the Logdriver.

Otherwise, you must perform the configuration yourself. Start by changing your JDBC driver class and url in /etc/candlepin/candlepin.conf:


Add logging statements to your config as well:


That’s it. You can now see all the nice PreparedStatement parameters and see if a SQL call is actually being made :)

Sample output

Jul 21 10:23:07 [main] DEBUG net.rkbloom.logdriver.LogPreparedStatement - executing PreparedStatement: 'call next value for seq_consumer' with bind parameters: {}
Jul 21 10:23:07 [main] DEBUG net.rkbloom.logdriver.LogPreparedStatement - executing PreparedStatement: 'insert into cp_consumer (created, updated, consumer_idcert_id, keyPair_id, name, owner_id, parent_consumer_id, type_id, username, uuid, id) values (?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?)' with bind parameters: {1=2010-07-21 10:23:07.603, 2=2010-07-21 10:23:07.603, 3=null, 4=null, 5=consumer name, 6=1, 7=null, 8=1, 9=testing user, 10=9052319d-c565-4ebc-ae4f-a0cc226271a4, 11=2}
Jul 21 10:23:07 [main] DEBUG net.rkbloom.logdriver.LogPreparedStatement - executing PreparedStatement: 'insert into cp_consumer_facts (cp_consumer_id, mapkey, element) values (?, ?, ?)' with bind parameters: {1=2, 2=name, 3=jsontestname}
Last modified on 9 October 2017