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Logging is a great way to track what is going on with your app.

How to log

Logging is provided via commonware.

Within our webapps we typically use a small namespace prefix for logging:

i: input
z: zamboni

When we log in our app we can do the following:

import commonware.log

log = commonware.log.getLogger('i.myapp')

def my_view(request):'%s got here' % request.user)

Anytime someone goes to myapp.views.my_view a log entry at level INFO will be made.

In development this shows up as standard output.

Silence Logging

Sometimes logging can be noisy:

elasticsearch: DEBUG: Search disabled for <function add_to_index at 0x102e58848>.

Commonware as configured in playdoh, allows you to configure logging via a dict in your settings (preferrably

error = dict(level=logging.ERROR)
info = dict(level=logging.INFO)

    'loggers': {
        'product_details': error,
        'nose.plugins.manager': error,
        'django.db.backends': error,
        'elasticsearch': info,

This configuration says:

  • Only tell me if there are errors with any logs in the product_details, nose.plugins.manager and django.db.backends namespace
  • Only tell me if there are INFO, WARNING or ERROR messages with ElasticSearch.