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The Exception Logger (forgive the horrible name) logs your Rails exceptions in the database and provides a funky web interface to manage them.

First you need to generate the migration:

  ./script/generate exception_migration

Next, you'll need to include the ExceptionLoggable module into ApplicationController.  Once that's done you might want to modify key methods to customize the logging:

  render_404(exception) - Shows the 404 template.
  render_500(exception) - Shows the 500 template.
  log_exception(exception) - Logs the actual exception in the database.
  rescue_action_in_public(exception) - Does not log these exceptions: ActiveRecord::RecordNotFound, ActionController::UnknownController, ActionController::UnknownAction

After that, visit /logged_exceptions in your application to manage the exceptions.

It's understandable that you may want to require authentication.  Add this to your config/environments/production.rb:

  # config/environments/production.rb
  config.after_initialize do
    require 'application' unless Object.const_defined?(:ApplicationController)
    LoggedExceptionsController.class_eval do
      # set the same session key as the app
      session :session_key => '_beast_session_id'
      # include any custom auth modules you need
      include AuthenticationSystem
      before_filter :login_required
      # optional, sets the application name for the rss feeds
      self.application_name = "Beast"
        # only allow admins
        # this obviously depends on how your auth system works
        def authorized?
        # assume app's login required doesn't use http basic
        def login_required_with_basic
          respond_to do |accepts|
            # alias_method_chain will alias the app's login_required to login_required_without_basic
            accepts.html { login_required_without_basic }
            # access_denied_with_basic_auth is defined in LoggedExceptionsController
            # get_auth_data returns back the user/password pair
            accepts.rss do
              access_denied_with_basic_auth unless self.current_user = User.authenticate(*get_auth_data)
        alias_method_chain :login_required, :basic

The exact code of course depends on the specific needs of your application.


Jamis Buck  - original exception_notification plugin
Rick Olson  - model/controller code
Josh Goebel - design


Chris Wanstrath - use will_paginate
Henrik Nyh (DanceJam) - catch exceptions in development mode
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