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From Peter DePasquale <peter.depasqu...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Simple test case for logging uner a tomcat web app
Date Thu, 25 Apr 2013 02:59:13 GMT
Thanks Remko, you have validated my sanity.

I was finally able to sit down tonight and integrate in your suggestions
and all works well. I'm also thrilled to have found a bug! Now I can return
to successful logging in my application and track down a bunch of other
problems on my end.

I'm sure I will have additional questions... oh here's one...

As a college instructor of Java we often don't teach packaging in the first
semester, so I see a lot of code that is not packaged.

As I was fiddling with my test case, I attempted (earlier) to use
unpackaged code and to make a named logger to catch the trace messages. I'm
guessing that I should really use a root logger for this, but are named
loggers able to support unpackaged code?

That is, can I do this?

  <logger name="*" level="trace">
    <appender-ref ref="foo"/>

Or, should one use: name=""?  I think I actually got this to work once, but
it was not clear if this is a valid approach. Again, I'm guessing the root
logger is the way to go here.

Thanks again for the help!

On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 1:39 AM, Remko Popma <remkop@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Peter,
> I don't have Tomcat installed but I was able to reproduce the problem in a
> standalone test using your configuration.
> There is a couple of things I found.
> First, File appenders have these configuration settings by default:
> bufferedIO="true" and immediateFlush="false".
> This means that messages will not be written to disk until the buffer is
> full.
> I think we should improved the documentation for this and I've filed this
> JIRA ticket:
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LOG4J2-218
> Second, looks like you found a bug!
> Even after adding immediateFlush="true" to the File config, the
> trace-log.txt file is empty.
> I don't understand the underlying cause yet, but if the config has a named
> logger
> and no root logger, the named logger internally ends up with no Appender
> objects.
> I've filed another JIRA for this:
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LOG4J2-219
> Workaround:
> 1. Specify immediateFlush="true" in the File appender config
> 2. Replace the named logger with a root logger configuration
> The config below worked for me.
> (In my standalone test, that is. I haven't installed Tomcat.
> Can you try this and let me know if there is any problem?)
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
> <configuration status="warn">
>         <appenders>
>                 <File name="tracelog"
> fileName="${sys:catalina.base}/logs/trace-log.txt"
>                                 immediateFlush="true" append="false">
>                         <PatternLayout pattern="%d{HH:mm:ss.SSS} [%t]
> %-5level %logger{36} - %msg%n"/>
>                 </File>
>         </appenders>
>         <loggers>
>                 <root level="trace">
>                         <appender-ref ref="tracelog"/>
>                 </root>
>         </loggers>
> </configuration>
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 2013/04/24, at 10:13, Peter DePasquale <peter.depasquale@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > I continue to struggle achieving basic logging results under my web app
> > under tomcat. It seemed to work months ago, but when I upgraded to the
> > latest beta logging failed.
> >
> > I returned to examine my config and failed to solve the problem. I
> emailed
> > this list about this and I received no response. After asking for help a
> > second time Ralph suggested I post code.
> >
> > Thus, I have attempted to simplify my problem down and post a VERY SIMPLE
> > web app that attempts to do trace and error logging.  I was trying to get
> > this into to separate files, but I'm learning that that's apparently not
> > really the model I should embrace as a logging novice.
> >
> > Now I have trace logging going to one file. However, despite the app
> > running successfully, an empty log file is created.  I can't determine
> what
> > I'm doing wrong and seek help one last time on my inability to grasp the
> > correct form for logging of this nature.
> >
> > I really don't want to go back to println statements, but if I can't make
> > this work, I will. My application is my academic research project and I'm
> > delayed in developing new features because I got mired down in trying to
> > solve these issues so that I can support logging in my app (seemed smart
> at
> > the time).
> >
> > Regardless, the code is posted here at github. I welcome any help that
> > anyone can provide by download or visual inspection. I am posting this
> and
> > setting away for the night as I can not work on this today any longer.
> >
> > My setup is a Mac OSX 10.6 running Tomcat 7.0.37 locally. Beyond the
> basic
> > apps that Tomcat is preloaded with, this is the only running app.
> >
> > https://github.com/depasqua/log4j2tester
> >
> > Thanks. Sorry for my vent.
> > --
> > Peter J. DePasquale, Ph.D.
> > Department of Computer Science
> > The College of New Jersey
> > (e) depasqua [at] tcnj [dot] edu
> > (p) 609-771-2806
> > (f) 609-637-5190
> > (o) Holman Hall - Room 238
> > (l) Holman Hall - Room 255

Peter J. DePasquale, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Science
The College of New Jersey
(e) depasqua [at] tcnj [dot] edu
(p) 609-771-2806
(f) 609-637-5190
(o) Holman Hall - Room 238
(l) Holman Hall - Room 255

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