Questions tagged [logging]

Computer data logging is the process of recording events in a computer program, usually with a certain scope, in order to provide an audit trail that can be used to understand the activity of the system and to diagnose problems.

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What are some patterns and anti-patterns of application logging? [closed]

I recently had to investigate a field issue for our large enterprise application. I was horrified by the logs that I had to comb through in an attempt to find the problem and at the end of the day the ...
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Should You Log From Library Code?

If I am developing a Java library, is it good practice to issue log statements from within the library's code? Having logging within the library will make debugging and troubleshooting more ...
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Log to file or to database table?

I'm developing a web application which uses MS SQL for various data: including users, user accounts, user licenses, license prices, invoices. I need to log users' real-time usage of the system, and ...
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Logging: Why and What? [closed]

I've never written programs which make significant use of logging. The most I've done is to capture stack traces when exceptions happen. I was wondering, how much do other people log? Does it depend ...
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Is ok to leave untranslated advanced log?

I just had a little fight with my boss over this topic (well, the boss always wins so I will do what he wants to be done) but I'd like to have the opinion of others about this: We are making a ...
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How to design a log() method that can easily be accessed from the outside of the Console class?

Recently my team has programmed a custom developer console in a video game which can easily be hidden or displayed, because it's more comfortable and less of a hassle. The Console class contains a ...
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What is the correct way to handle debug output in Java?

As my current Java projects grow bigger and bigger, I feel a likewise growing need to insert debug output in several points of my code. To enable or disable this feature appropriately, depending on ...
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Best practices for logging user actions in production

I was planning on logging a lot of different stuff in my production environment, things like when a user: Logs In, Logs Off Change Profile Edit Account settings Change password ... etc Is this a ...
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Is logging next to an implementation a SRP violation?

When thinking of agile software development and all the principles (SRP, OCP, ...) I ask myself how to treat logging. Is logging next to an implementation a SRP violation? I would say yes because ...
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Which design pattern is more suitable for logging?

I should log some events in a program but as far as I know it would be better to keep the logging code outside the program because it is not about the real functionality of the program. So may you ...
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Is Logger.getLogger(MyClass.class) the best way to initialise log4j loggers?

This Mkyong tutorial suggests intialising loggers this way: @Controller public class WelcomeController { private static final Logger logger = Logger.getLogger(WelcomeController.class); // ...
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Concurrency pattern of logger in multithreaded application

The context: We are working on a multi-threaded (Linux-C) application that follows a pipeline model. Each module has a private thread and encapsulated objects which do processing of data; and each ...
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Logging errors caused by exceptions deep in the application

What are best-practices for logging deep within an application's source? Is it bad practice to have multiple event log entries for a single error? For example, let's say that I have an ETL system ...
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Logging in JSON Effect on Performance

I see more and more articles about logging in JSON. You can also find one on NodeJS blog. Why does everyone like it so much? I can only see more operations getting involved: A couple new objects ...
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Should I log errors on exception throwing constructors?

I was building an application for a few months and I come to realize a pattern that emerged: logger.error(ERROR_MSG); throw new Exception(ERROR_MSG); Or, when catching: try { // ...block that ...
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Making logging more efficient and useful by categorizing data (and virtually not writining messages anymore)

I'd like to make my logs more useful. Currently they mostly contain such common columns as: timestamp, logger-name, log-level, message, exception. They are unsearchable and unparsable and writing ...
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Logging Exception in multi-tier application

I'm building a multi-tier enterprise application using Spring. I have different layers: Controller, Business and Provider. Within the application I've built a custom error handling mini-framework that ...
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Multitasking how to keep track of what you're doing

I'm in a long debugging task, I need to figure out where to hook up some extra functionality I need. It's cumbersome work, and I've been debugging 2 whole days, and I'm on my third, but I work in ...
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Is it normal to write all logs into a single file?

Our teamlead said that many files much worse than a single, despite of we are working on a big project. He argued that our customers could more easily send logs to us if there will be just a single ...
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Design patterns to avoiding breaking the SRP while performing heavy data logging

A class that performs both computations and data logging* seems to have at least two responsibilities. Given a system for which the specifications require heavy data logging, what kind of design ...