OpenTelemetry async_hooks-based Context Managers
This package provides two
ContextManager implementations built on APIs from Node.js's
async_hooks module. If you're looking for a
ContextManager to use in browser environments, consider opentelemetry-context-zone or opentelemetry-context-zone-peer-dep.
The definition of the
ContextManager interface and the problem it solves can be found here.
ContextManager implementations are exported:
AsyncLocalStorageContextManager, based on
AsyncHooksContextManager, based on
The former should be preferred over the latter as its implementation is substantially simpler than the latter's, and according to Node.js docs,
While you can create your own implementation [of
AsyncLocalStorage] on top of [
AsyncLocalStorageshould be preferred as it is a performant and memory safe implementation that involves significant optimizations that are non-obvious to implement.
AsyncLocalStorage is available in node
^12.17.0 || >= 13.10.0, however
AsyncLocalStorageContextManager is not enabled by default for node
<14.8.0 because of some important bugfixes which were introduced in
v14.8.0 (e.g., nodejs/node#34573).
It's possible that this package won't track context perfectly when used with certain packages. In particular, it inherits any bugs present in async_hooks. See here for known issues.
async_hooks is still seeing significant correctness and performance fixes, it's recommended to run the latest Node.js LTS release to benefit from said fixes.
Context propagation is a big subject when talking about tracing in Node.js. If you want more information about it here are some resources:
- https://www.npmjs.com/package/continuation-local-storage (which was the old way of doing context propagation)
- OpenTracing implementation: here
- Discussion about context propagation by the Node.js Diagnostics Working Group: here
- For more information on OpenTelemetry, visit: https://opentelemetry.io/
- For help or feedback on this project, join us in GitHub Discussions
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