A Flume agent's default configuration provider uses a simple Java property file of key/value pairs that you pass as an argument to the agent upon startup. As you can configure more than one agent in a single file, you will need to additionally pass an agent identifier (called a name) so that it knows which configurations to use. In my examples where I'm only specifying one agent, I'm going to use the name
By default, the configuration property file is monitored for changes every 30 seconds. If a change is detected, Flume will attempt to reconfigure itself. In practice, many of the configuration settings cannot be changed after the agent has started. Save yourself some trouble and pass the undocumented
--no-reload-conf argument when starting the agent (except in development situations perhaps).