hslogger-1.3.0.0: Versatile logging framework

System.Log.Handler.Log4jXML

Description

log4j[1] XMLLayout log handlers.

Written by Bjorn Buckwalter, bjorn.buckwalter@gmail.com

Synopsis

# Introduction

This module provides handlers for hslogger that are compatible with log4j's XMLLayout. In particular log messages created by the handlers can be published directly to the GUI-based log viewer Chainsaw v2[2].

The set of log levels in hslogger is richer than the basic set of log4j levels. Two sets of handlers are provided with hslogger4j, one which produces logs with hslogger's levels and one which "demotes" them to the basic log4j levels. If full hslogger levels are used some Java installation (see below) is necessary to make Chainsaw aware of them.

Usage of the handlers in hslogger4j is analoguous to usage of the StreamHandler and FileHandler in System.Log.Handler.Simple. The following handlers are provided:

## Handlers with hslogger levels

Create a stream log handler that uses hslogger priorities.

Create a file log handler that uses hslogger priorities.

## Handlers with log4j levels

Create a stream log handler that uses log4j levels (priorities). The priorities of messages are shoehorned into log4j levels as follows:

    DEBUG                  -> DEBUG
INFO, NOTICE           -> INFO
WARNING                -> WARN
EMERGENCY              -> FATAL


This is useful when the log will only be consumed by log4j tools and you don't want to go out of your way transforming the log or configuring the tools.

Create a file log handler that uses log4j levels (see log4jStreamHandler' for mappings).

# Java install process

This is only necessary if you want to use the hslogger levels.

Add hslogger4j.jar from contrib/java to your classpath. To use you will also need to have the jars log4j-1.3alpha-7.jar and log4j-xml-1.3alpha-7.jar that are distributed with Chainsaw on your classpath.

(On Mac OS X I added all three jars to ~/Library/Java/Extensions. It seems that it is not sufficient that Chainsaw already includes its jars in the classpath when launching - perhaps the plugin classloader does not inherit Chainsaw's classpath. Adding the jars to ~/.chainsaw/plugins wouldn't work either.)

If for whatever reason you have to rebuild the hslogger4j jar just run ant[3] in the contrib/java directory. The new jar will be created in the contrib/java/dist directory. The Java source code is copyright The Apache Software Foundation and licensed under the Apache Licence version 2.0.

# Chainsaw setup

If you are only using the basic log4j levels just use Chainsaw's regular facilities to browse logs or listen for log messages (e.g. XMLSocketReceiver).

If you want to use the hslogger levels the easiest way to set up Chainsaw is to load the plugins in hslogger4j-plugins.xml in contrib/java when launching Chainsaw. Two receivers will be defined, one that listens for logmessages and one for reading log files. Edit the properties of those receivers as needed (e.g. port, fileURL) and restart them. You will also want to modify Chainsaw's formatting preferences to display levels as text instead of icons.

# Example usage

lh2 <- log4jFileHandler "log.xml" DEBUG
updateGlobalLogger rootLoggerName (addHandler lh2)
h  <- connectTo "localhost" (PortNumber 4448)
updateGlobalLogger rootLoggerName (addHandler lh)