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From Ceki Gülcü <lis...@qos.ch>
Subject Re: Must use relative path for log file
Date Thu, 25 Aug 2005 16:16:05 GMT
At 12:40 PM 8/25/2005, Konrad Billewicz wrote:
> > I had to tweak the code a bit but now it works like a charm. Thanks for
>getting me on the right track. You made my
> > day. I'll post my solution below for others. This block sits in a servlet.
>I tried to run this code but it's not working in my case. I'm getting the 
>error as when I tried to do it on my own.
>java.io.FileNotFoundException: WEB-INF\logs\exceptions.log

Unless I am missing something obvious, the above error message line
clearly indicates that REL_PATH was set to null or maybe the empty

>Java code is exactly as yours and my properties file:
># REL_PATH=C:\\workspace\\msz\\web\\
>log4j.logger.pl.akonet.framework.Servlet=DEBUG, EXCEPTIONS
>log4j.appender.EXCEPTIONS.layout.ConversionPattern=%d{HH:mm:ss dd-MM-yyyy} 
>@ %C{1}:%M:%L - %m%n
>When I uncomment first line everything works fine. I checked in debuger that
>REL_PATH key is present in props when invoking PropertyConfigurator.
>configure(props). What is going on?

Interesting. The fact that REL_PATH is set in the props object does
not mean that the corresponding value is not null.

Quoting Jacob's message dated 2005-08-24 (on this thread):

    Just as long as you realize that context.getRealPath() may return null
    in the case where the webapp is run directly from the .war file rather
    than being unpacked to a directory by the servlet container.  The
    servlet spec allows for this behavior so you are depending on
    container-specific, and probably even configuration-specific,
    container behavior.

    Ultimately, you should probably define a path outside the webapp for
    storing log files.  But as far as referencing a property in the config
    file for a path determined at run-time, this is a good example for
    everyone to see.  Thanks for posting it.

The javadocs [1] for the ServletContext.getRealPath method read:

   Returns a String containing the real path for a given virtual
   path. For example, the path "/index.html" returns the absolute file
   path on the server's filesystem would be served by a request for
   "http://host/contextPath/index.html", where contextPath is the context
   path of this ServletContext..

   The real path returned will be in a form appropriate to the computer
   and operating system on which the servlet container is running,
   including the proper path separators. This method returns null if the
   servlet container cannot translate the virtual path to a real path for
   any reason (such as when the content is being made available from a
   .war archive).

So, are you deploying your application as a .war file?

[1] http://tinyurl.com/8w33s

>Best regards,
>Konrad Billewicz

Ceki Gülcü

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