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Event Policy File Archiving Overview


Various types of files are useful in diagnosing events. When an event policy action generates output files, you can archive the files for later analysis. Similarly, you might want to archive system files, including system log files, core files, and configuration files, from the time an event occurs.

When an event occurs, you can upload relevant files to a specified location for analysis. To archive files from an event policy, configure one or more destinations specifying the archive sites to which the files are uploaded. You then reference the configured destinations within event policies.

A transfer delay allows you to specify the number of seconds the event process (eventd) waits before beginning to upload a file or multiple files. A transfer delay helps ensure that a large file, such as a core file, is completely generated before the upload begins.

You can associate transfer delays with a destination and with an event policy action. If you associate a transfer delay with a destination, the transfer delay applies to all file upload actions that use that destination. You can also assign a transfer delay to a single event policy action. For example, you might have multiple event policy actions that use the same destination, and for some of these event policy actions, you want a transfer delay, and for other event policy actions you want no transfer delay. If you configure a transfer delay for a destination, and you also configure a transfer delay for the event policy action, the resulting transfer delay is the sum of the two delays.

Transient network problems can cause a file upload operation to fail. By default, if the file upload operation fails for any reason, the event policy does not retry the upload operation. However, you can configure an event policy to retry the file upload operation a specified number of times if the initial upload fails. You can also configure the time interval between each retry attempt.