How do I increase the size of dev/log/main by a factor of 10? My understanding is the log has a fixed size (16K?) and rolls over when that limit is reached. I'd like to find out what the log size is currently set at and increase it by a lot.

I'm debugging an issue that occurs infrequently when the device hasn't been used for a long period of time (maybe an hour?). I've instrumented the code with log messages so I can understand what is happening when the bug occurs.

My problem is my instrumentation causes the log to roll over in about 2 minutes. I would like to increase the size of dev/log/main by a factor of 10 if possible.

  • I presume that leaving it connected to the computer with adb logcat > my_log_file.log running isn't an option? – Kevin M Dec 29 '11 at 22:00

To find out the actual size of the ring buffer, you can use

$ adb logcat -g

To adjust the size of the ring buffer, you might try

$ adb logcat -r <kbytes>

At least that's what some tutorials say. For more details, you might want to read "adb logcat" Command Options and Log Buffers.

P.S.: I guess those settings (manual adjusted ring buffer size) will not survive a reboot -- just to consider.

  • actually it needs tp be adb logcat -r 100000 -f sdcard/log.log . -f is required. – Aftershock Sep 13 '13 at 18:39
  • I dont think -r is useful as from reading the logcat manual, it will set the size at which the logcat tool will rotate the file it is writing out to using the "-f" option and NOT the size of the in-memory ring buffer used by the logger kernel module! – Maks Feb 25 '14 at 2:59

If you're looking to change the default size for a log buffer, to persist between reboots, you can recompile the kernel with updated buffer sizes.

The file containing log buffer definitions is:


The versions I'm looking at use a macro to define log buffers in that file:

DEFINE_LOGGER_DEVICE(variable, name, size)

There will likely be a number of loggers; "main" is usually the one you're looking for.

  • This should be known on all the related questions here and on stackoverflow ! Nice find. Of note, Main and System are the default logcat buffers. You'd probably want to increase them both. Well, depending on if your Android version uses them. See logcat -g and logcat -h – cde Jan 12 '14 at 9:58

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