Attributing LogSink connections

When a Fuchsia component wishes to write logs, it must obtain a connection to a fuchsia.logger.LogSink in its environment, typically provided by an instance of the Archivist.

Typical Fuchsia service connections are anonymous such that the server and client have no identifying information about each other. The client only sees the service in their namespace, e.g. /svc/fuchsia.logger.LogSink, and the server sees an anonymous Open() request to their incoming namespace.

At the same time, it's important to know from where logs come, as trustworthy provenance metadata enables better monitoring, storage, querying, and presentation of logs. The system solves this with a feature called “attributed logging” which identifies the source of an incoming LogSink connection.

appmgr: LogConnector

Archivist serves the fuchsia.sys.internal/LogConnectionListener to receive LogSink connections along with fuchsia.sys.internal/SourceIdentity metadata.

Initializing LogConnectionListener for a realm

Archivist connects to fuchsia.sys.internal/LogConnector, which is provided by appmgr. Archivist then calls TakeLogConnectionListener() to retrieve the server end of a channel implementing fuchsia.sys.internal/LogConnectionListener for the realm where the connection was made. This behavior can be disabled by running Archivist with the --disable-log-connector flag.

In production, Archivist runs “above” appmgr and connects via the sys realm, taking the LogConnectionListener for appmgr's root realm and capturing all LogSink connections.

appmgr does not provide an attributed LogSink to realms where the caller has explicitly provided its own entry for fuchsia.logger.LogSink, allowing test environments to intercept and read their own logs.

Making a LogSink connection

When appmgr launches a component, it instantiates a ServiceProviderDirImpl, populating it with services entries for the component‘s namespace. Each directory is created by taking the services of the parent/enclosing environment and filtering them down to entries listed in the component’s .cmx file under

If a component lists fuchsia.logger.LogSink in its manifest, its environment does not provide an implementation, and appmgr has a LogConnectionListener initialized for the realm, an “attributed LogSink is provided in the component‘s namespace. From the component’s perspective, it behaves just as a normal LogSink instance. When a connection is made to it, the sent channel is forwarded to the corresponding LogConnectionListener along with the SourceIdentity.

Component Manager: CapabilityRequested events

Archivist's manifest exposes fuchsia.logger.LogSink just like other service capabilities, but it also uses an event from the framework, binding it to a service in its namespace:

    event: "capability_requested",
    from: "framework",
    filter: { name: "fuchsia.logger.LogSink" },
    event_stream: "EventStream",
    subscriptions: [
            event: "capability_requested",
            mode: "async",

This causes Component Manager to redirect incoming requests from the default namespace protocol to the fuchsia.sys2.EventStream protocol. Archivist receives Events on this protocol similarly to LogConnectionListener, retrieving attribution metadata from the ComponentDescriptor sent by Component Manager along with the LogSink channel's handle. The moniker included in the descriptor is constructed during capability routing.

Configuring a capability_requested event for LogSink does not affect capability routing itself, only the delivery of the channel to the Archivist as an Event instead of as an Open(). This means that the CML for passing the attributed LogSink remains the same for the rest of the component topology.

For more information, see Life of a protocol open and the events documentation.