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Hoover is the name of Loggly's lovable and profane mascot. It is also the name of this Ruby library.

The purpose of this gem is to take advantage of Loggly's awesome JSON logging (see the blog post). Why so awesome? Because instead of just logging strings, now you can push JSON data, and that data is then exposed to advanced search operations in Loggly's console. If you've ever spent any time grepping over gigabytes of logfiles to debug some issue or another the benefit of this should be immediately obvious.

Of course, the existing gem logglier already supports pushing to the JSON API, so what's Hoover all about?

The foundation of Hoover is a hook into the request lifecycle, so that at the beginning of each request, an empty hash is created which you can you can easily push data into to be logged. This is managed by a Rack middleware, guaranteeing availability throughout the request, and also supplementing with some standard information.

If you are using Rails 3, then there are prewritten log subscribers that pass most of the information that is written to the normal rails log in a simplified and convenient JSON format.


Hoover is designed to work w/ Ruby 1.8.7 or 1.9.2+ and any Rack framework. That said, it has been developed under Rails 3.0.9 with 1.8.7. Other Rack frameworks are probably pretty rough at this point (but please send suggestions!).


You're using bundler right?

gem 'hoover'

Rails Setup

When using Rails 3, the Railtie automatically sets up the Rack middleware, and the log subscribers. All you need to do in this case is provide the configured logglier object. Currently this is done with a class method in your controller:

class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base
  set_hoover_logglier $loggly

Where $loggly is an instance of the Logglier class that was set up previously. Soon I hope to have configuration options so you can set this in your application.rb.

General Setup

For other Rack frameworks, you need to add the Hoover::RackLogger middleware to your stack. There is no automated logging for any framework other than Rails 3.


Anywhere in your request you can now call:

Hoover.add(:key => 'data that converts nicely to json')

If you add with the same key more than once, Hoover automatically rolls it up into an array so you don't lose anything.


  • Provide sensible defaults for generic Rack logging. Any ideas?
  • Provide config option to set the logglier during Rails initialization, thus guaranteeing its presence beyond what is possible with simple ActionController filters.
  • Provide config option to choose which log subscribers to enable.

Known Issues

  • If you are using threaded delivery with Unicorn app preloading, deliveries may never be made because the delivery thread will be lost when Unicorn forks the workers. I have submitted a pull request to get this fixed, hopefully in the next release after 0.2.7. In the meantime you can use my fork.
  • As of this writing, Loggly's JSON API does not handle hashes nested inside arrays properly. Each hash ends up looking like [object Object] in the search console. This totally breaks Hoover's automatic stacking of duplicate adds, but hopefully they'll have it fixed soon.

Contributing to Hoover

  • Check out the latest master to make sure the feature hasn't been implemented or the bug hasn't been fixed yet
  • Check out the issue tracker to make sure someone already hasn't requested it and/or contributed it
  • Fork the project
  • Start a feature/bugfix branch
  • Commit and push until you are happy with your contribution
  • Make sure to add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Please try not to mess with the Rakefile, version, or history. If you want to have your own version, or is otherwise necessary, that is fine, but please isolate to its own commit so I can cherry-pick around it.


Copyright (c) 2011 Gabe da Silveira. See LICENSE.txt for further details.


Rack-based support for collecting a single hash per request to be sent to Loggly




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