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pyramid_exclog

Overview

A package which logs Pyramid application exception (error) information to a standard Python :term:`logger`. This add-on is most useful when used in production applications, because the logger can be configured to log to a file, to UNIX syslog, to the Windows Event Log, or even to email.

Warning

This package will only work with Pyramid 1.2a1 and better.

Installation

Install using setuptools, e.g. (within a virtualenv):

$ easy_install pyramid_exclog

Setup

Once pyramid_exclog is installed, you must use the config.include mechanism to include it into your Pyramid project's configuration. In your Pyramid project's __init__.py:

Alternately you can use the pyramid.includes configuration value in your .ini file:

Using

When this add-on is included into your Pyramid application, whenever a request to your application causes an exception to be raised, the add-on will send the URL that caused the exception, the exception type, and its related traceback information to a standard Python :term:`logger` named exc_logger.

You can use the logging configuration in your Pyramid application's .ini file to add a logger named exc_logger. This logger should be hooked up a particular logging handler, which will allow you to use the standard Python logging machinery to send your exceptions to a file, to syslog, or to an email address.

It's not generally useful to add exception logger configuration to a development.ini file, because typically exceptions are displayed in the interactive debugger and to the console which started the application, and you really don't care much about actually logging the exception information. However, it's very appropriate to add exception logger configuration to a production.ini file.

The following logging configuration statements are in the default production.ini file generated by all Pyramid scaffolding:

The standard logging configuration of the production.ini of a scaffolded Pyramid application does not name a logger named exc_logger. Therefore, to start making use of pyramid_exclog, you'll have to add an exc_logger logger to the configuration. To do so:

  1. Append , exc_logger to the keys value of the [loggers] section,
  2. Append , exc_handler to he keys value of the [handlers] section.
  3. Append , exc_formatter to he keys value of the [formatters] section.
  4. Add a section named [logger_exc_logger] with logger information related to the new exception logger.
  5. Add a section named [handler_exc_handler] with handler information related to the new exception logger. In our example, it will have configuration that tells it to log to a file in the same directory as the .ini file named exception.log.
  6. Add a section named [formatter_exc_formatter] with message formatting information related to the messages sent to the exc_handler handler. By default we'll send only the time and the message.

The resulting configuration will look like this:

Once you've changed your logging configuration as per the above, and you restart your Pyramid application, all exceptions will be logged to a file named exceptions.log in the directory that the production.ini file lives.

You can get fancier with logging as necessary by familiarizing yourself with the Python logging module configuration format. For example, here's an alternate configuration that logs exceptions via email to a user named from@example.com to a user named to@example.com via the SMTP server on the local host at port 25; each email will have the subject myapp Exception:

When the above configuration is used, exceptions will be sent via email instead of sent to a file.

For information about logging in general see the Pythong logging module documentation. Practical tips are contained within the Python logging cookbook. More information about the the .ini logging file configuration format is at http://docs.python.org/library/logging.config.html#configuration-file-format .

Settings

:mod:`pyramid_exclog`` also has some its own settings in the form of configuration values which are meant to be placed in the [app:myapp] section of your Pyramid's .ini file. These are:

exclog.ignore

By default, the exception logging machinery will log all exceptions (even those eventually caught by a Pyramid :term:`exception view`) except "http exceptions" (any exception that derives from the base class pyramid.httpexceptions.WSGIHTTPException such as HTTPFound). You can instruct pyramid_exclog to ignore custom exception types by using the excview.ignore configuration setting.

excview.ignore is a list of dotted Python names representing exception types (e.g. myapp.MyException) or builtin exception names (e.g. NotImplementedError or KeyError) that represent exceptions which should never be logged. This list can be in the form of a whitespace-separated string, e.g. KeyError ValueError myapp.MyException or it may consume multiple lines in the .ini file.

This setting defaults to a list containing only

pyramid.httpexceptions.WSGIHTTPException.

An example:

[app:myapp]
exclog.ignore = pyramid.httpexceptions.WSGIHTTPException
                KeyError
                myapp.exceptions.MyException

exclog.extra_info

By default the only content in error messages is the URL that was accessed (retrieved from the url attribute of pyramid.request.Request) and the exception information that is appended by Python's Logger.exception function.

If exclog.extra_info is true the error message will also include the environ and params attributes of pyramid.request.Request formatted using pprint.pformat.

This setting defaults to false

An example:

[app:myapp]
exclog.extra_info = true

Explicit "Tween" Configuration

Note that the exception logger is implemented as a Pyramid :term:`tween`, and it can be used in the explicit tween chain if its implicit position in the tween chain is incorrect (see the output of paster ptweens):

[app:myapp]
pyramid.tweens = someothertween
                 pyramid.tweens.excview_tween_factory
                 pyramid_exclog.exclog_tween_factory

It usually belongs directly above the "MAIN" entry in the paster ptweens output, and will attempt to sort there by default as the result of having include('pyramid_exclog') invoked.

Putting it above the pyramid.tweens.excview_tween_factory will cause it to log only exceptions that are not caught by an exception view.

Deployment under mod_wsgi

To make logging facilities available when loading an application via mod_wsgi, like it behaves with paster, you must call the logging.fileConfig function on the ini file containing the logger entry.

Here's an example of a run.wsgi file:

import os
from pyramid.paster import get_app
from paste.script.util.logging_config import fileConfig

here = os.path.dirname(os.path.abspath(__file__))
conf = os.path.join(here, 'production.ini')
fileConfig(conf)

application = get_app(conf, 'main')

More Information

Reporting Bugs / Development Versions

Visit https://github.com/Pylons/pyramid_exclog to download development or tagged versions.

Visit https://github.com/Pylons/pyramid_exclog/issues to report bugs.

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