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A port of log4js to node.js

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NOTE: v0.3.8 of log4js is the last that will work with node versions older than 0.4. To use v0.3.9 you will need node 0.4 or later.

This is a conversion of the log4js framework to work with node. I've mainly stripped out the browser-specific code and tidied up some of the javascript. It includes a basic file logger, with log rolling based on file size, and also replaces node's console.log functions.

NOTE: in v0.2.x require('log4js') returned a function, and you needed to call that function in your code before you could use it. This was to make testing easier. v0.3.x make use of felixge's sandbox-module, so we don't need to return a function.

installation

npm install log4js

tests

Tests now use vows, run with vows test/*.js.

usage

Minimalist version:

       var log4js = require('log4js');
       var logger = log4js.getLogger();
       logger.debug("Some debug messages");

By default, log4js outputs to stdout with the coloured layout (thanks to masylum), so for the above you would see:

[2010-01-17 11:43:37.987] [DEBUG] [default] - Some debug messages

See example.js:

var log4js = require('log4js'); //note the need to call the function
log4js.addAppender(log4js.consoleAppender());
log4js.addAppender(log4js.fileAppender('logs/cheese.log'), 'cheese');

var logger = log4js.getLogger('cheese');
logger.setLevel('ERROR');

logger.trace('Entering cheese testing');
logger.debug('Got cheese.');
logger.info('Cheese is Gouda.');
logger.warn('Cheese is quite smelly.');
logger.error('Cheese is too ripe!');
logger.fatal('Cheese was breeding ground for listeria.');

Output:

[2010-01-17 11:43:37.987] [ERROR] cheese - Cheese is too ripe!
[2010-01-17 11:43:37.990] [FATAL] cheese - Cheese was breeding ground for listeria.

configuration

You can either configure the appenders and log levels manually (as above), or provide a configuration file (log4js.configure('path/to/file.json')) explicitly, or just let log4js look for a file called log4js.json (it looks in the current directory first, then the require paths, and finally looks for the default config included in the same directory as the log4js.js file). An example file can be found in test/log4js.json. An example config file with log rolling is in test/with-log-rolling.json. By default, the configuration file is checked for changes every 60 seconds, and if changed, reloaded. This allows changes to logging levels to occur without restarting the application.

To turn off configuration file change checking, configure with:

var log4js = require('log4js');
log4js.configure(undefined, {}); // load 'log4js.json' from NODE_PATH

Or:

log4js.configure('my_log4js_configuration.json', {});

To specify a different period:

log4js.configure(undefined, { reloadSecs: 300 }); // load 'log4js.json' from NODE_PATH

You can also pass an object to the configure function, which has the same properties as the json versions.

For FileAppender you can also pass the path to the log directory as an option where all your log files would be stored.

log4js.configure('my_log4js_configuration.json', { cwd: '/absolute/path/to/log/dir' });

If you have already defined an absolute path for one of the FileAppenders in the configuration file, you could add a "absolute": true to the particular FileAppender to override the cwd option passed. Here is an example configuration file:

#### my_log4js_configuration.json ####
{
  "appenders": [
    {
      "type": "file",
      "filename": "relative/path/to/log_file.log",
      "maxLogSize": 20480,
      "backups": 3,
      "pollInterval": 15,
      "category": "relative-logger"
    },
    {
      "type": "file",
      "absolute": true,
      "filename": "/absolute/path/to/log_file.log",
      "maxLogSize": 20480,
      "backups": 10,
      "pollInterval": 15,
      "category": "absolute-logger"          
    }
  ]
}

connect/express logger

A connect/express logger has been added to log4js, by danbell. This allows connect/express servers to log using log4js. See example-connect-logger.js.

var log4js = require('./lib/log4js');
log4js.addAppender(log4js.consoleAppender());
log4js.addAppender(log4js.fileAppender('cheese.log'), 'cheese');

var logger = log4js.getLogger('cheese');

logger.setLevel('INFO');

var app = require('express').createServer();
app.configure(function() {
    app.use(log4js.connectLogger(logger, { level: log4js.levels.INFO }));
});
app.get('/', function(req,res) {
    res.send('hello world');
});
app.listen(5000);

The options object that is passed to log4js.connectLogger supports a format string the same as the connect/express logger. For example:

app.configure(function() {
    app.use(log4js.connectLogger(logger, { level: log4js.levels.INFO, format: ':method :url' }));
});

hook.io logger

A hook.io logger has been added to log4js by dbrain. This allows multiple worker processes to log through a single master process, avoiding issues with rolling etc. in a clustered environment. This was mainly created for cluster, but you can adapt the example to match your needs, you know, if it fits them.

    #### log4js-master.json ####
    {
      "appenders": [{
        "type": "logLevelFilter",
        "level": "DEBUG",
        "appender": {
          "type": "hookio",
          "name": "hookio-logger",
          "mode": "master",
          "debug": false,
          "appender": {
            "type": "file",
            "filename": "muffin.log",
            "maxLogSize": 104857600,
            "backups": 10,
            "pollInterval": 15
          }
        }
      }]
    }

    #### log4js-worker.json ####
    {
      "appenders": [{
        "type": "logLevelFilter",
        "level": "DEBUG",
        "appender": {
          "type": "hookio",
          "name": "hookio-logger",
          "mode": "worker",
          "debug": false
        }
      }]
    }

    #### ilikebeans.js ####
    var cluster = require('cluster');
    var hookCluster = cluster('./doyoulikebeans');

    // Perform the once off configuration depending on type of cluster
    if (hookCluster.isMaster) {
      require('log4js').configure('log4js-master.json');
    } else {
      require('log4js').configure('log4js-worker.json');
    }

    // Standard cluster startup
    hookCluster
      .use(cluster.logger('run/logs'))
      .use(cluster.pidfiles('run/pids'))
      .listen(3000);

log4js-master/worker.json hookio appender parameters will be passed into the Hook constructor directly, so you can specify hook-port, hook-host etc. NOTE hook.io appender will currently (and probably indefinitely) explode if you enable hook.io debug because of the way log4js overrides console.log

multiprocess (tcp socket) logger

A multiprocess logger has been added to log4js by dbrain. This allows multiple worker processes to log through a single master process, avoiding issues with rolling etc. in a clustered environment. This was mainly created for cluster, but you can adapt the example to match your needs, you know, if it fits them.

    #### log4js-master.json ####
    # Will listen for connections on port and host
    {
      "appenders": [{
        "type": "logLevelFilter",
        "level": "DEBUG",
        "appender": {
          "type": "multiprocess",
          "mode": "master",
          "loggerPort": 5001,
          "loggerHost": "simonsaysdie",
          "appender": {
            "type": "file",
            "filename": "muffin.log",
            "maxLogSize": 104857600,
            "backups": 10,
            "pollInterval": 15
          }
        }
      }]
    }

    #### log4js-worker.json ####
    # Will connect to master (tcp server) and send stringified log events
    {
      "appenders": [{
        "type": "logLevelFilter",
        "level": "DEBUG",
        "appender": {
          "type": "multiprocess",
          "mode": "worker",
          "loggerPort": 5001,
          "loggerHost": "simonsaysdie"
        }
      }]
    }

    #### ilikebeans.js ####
    var cluster = require('cluster');
    var immaCluster = cluster('./doyoulikebeans');

    // Perform the once off configuration depending on type of cluster
    if (immaCluster.isMaster) {
      require('log4js').configure('log4js-master.json');
    } else {
      require('log4js').configure('log4js-worker.json');
    }

    // Standard cluster startup
    immaCluster
      .use(cluster.logger('run/logs'))
      .use(cluster.pidfiles('run/pids'))
      .listen(3000);

gelf logger

A gelf logger has been added to log4js, by arifamirani. This allows log4js to log to GELF compatible servers such as Graylog. This is currently configuration based and needs the following configuration to be added to log4j.json. For example:

  {
    "appenders": [  
      {
        "type": "gelf",
        "host": "logs.mydomain.com", //defaults to localhost
        "hostname":"mrs-dev", //defaults to the value returned by os.hostname()
        "port": "12201", //defaults to 12201
        "facility": "myapp" //defaults to nodejs-server
      }
    }
  }

author (of this node version)

Gareth Jones (csausdev - gareth.jones@sensis.com.au)

License

The original log4js was distributed under the Apache 2.0 License, and so is this. I've tried to keep the original copyright and author credits in place, except in sections that I have rewritten extensively.

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