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Github Workflow

Contributions are always welcome! Be sure to follow the github workflow when contributing to this project:

  • Create an issue, or comment on an issue to indicate what you are working on. This avoids work duplication.
  • Fork the repository and clone to your local machine
  • You should already be on the default branch master - if not, check it out (git checkout master)
  • Create a new branch for your feature/fix git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  • Write your feature/fix
  • Stage the changed files for a commit (git add .)
  • Commit your files with a useful commit message (example) (git commit)
  • Push your new branch to your GitHub Fork (git push origin my-new-feature)
  • Visit this repository in GitHub and create a Pull Request.

Developer Guide

To run various tasks you'll need to have grunt-cli installed.

Running the Tests

All tests are written in the ./test folder.

To run all the tests & validations (including eslint for code style) do:

grunt test

To just run the validations do:

grunt validate

This is the same command that is ran on within the CI system on pull-request.


Each file has a debug variable defined such as:

var debug = require('debug')('logdna:index');

To enable logs for the index.js file just set the environment variable DEBUG:

# Unix/Linux
export DEBUG=logdna:index
# windows
set DEBUG=logdna:index

This enables debug log messages for the index.js file.

You can also enable one or more modules to log by using *:

# Unix/Linux
export DEBUG=*
# windows
set DEBUG=*

You can use this to control which parts of the agent logs it's debug output.


To build the agent, ensure you have nexe installed (npm install -g nexe@1.1.2). This packages the LogDNA agent as a native executable with the node.js runtime bundled. This will automatically build the runtime from source.


Ensure you have a native C++ compiler installed.


Ensure you have Visual Studio 2015 or newer installed.


Ensure you have Xcode 7 or newer installed.

Creating the binary

To start the build,:

grunt build

This takes a bit of time and will output a binary at ./logdna-agent (or .\logdna-agent.exe if on Windows). For the initial build, majority of time will be spent building node.js. Subsequent builds will be much faster as node.js would've already been built.



sudo gem install fpm
sudo yum install rpm-build createrepo
sudo yum --enablerepo=epel install dpkg-devel dpkg-dev
grunt linux

This will output the deb and yum files to the root of the repo.


Install chocolatey. Then do:

grunt windows

This will output the chocolatey package under .\.builds\windows.


gem install fpm
grunt mac

This will output the pkg file to the root of the repo. Signing will likely fail since we typically sign it with our Apple Developer key, but the package should still be usable, just unsigned.

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