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From "Sebb (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LOGGING-137) LogFactory.getLog()
Date Mon, 09 Aug 2010 02:42:16 GMT


Sebb commented on LOGGING-137:

The patch file contains a spurious update to svn:ignore.

The .java files appear to duplicate the content of the patch files.

Also, the static fields in CallStackUtil need to be final, apart from isAtLeastJava14 which
needs to be volatile for safe publication across threads.

It would be useful to use Thread.getStackTrace() if available, as that is likely to be quicker.

The Javadoc needs to document that the returned classname can be null.
What happens to the logger in this case?

It's not immediately obvious why the getCallerJava14 method needs to scan the stack trace
Surely one can just add a fixed offset to the depth to find the caller stack frame?

Also, Commons generally does not use @author tags, as ASF code is a collaborative effort.
Attribution can be added to the <contributors> section of the POM instead, and/or release

> LogFactory.getLog()
> -------------------
>                 Key: LOGGING-137
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Logging
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>    Affects Versions: 1.1.2
>            Reporter: Doug Bateman
>         Attachments: CallStack.patch,,,
>   Original Estimate: 0.5h
>  Remaining Estimate: 0.5h
> Presently, in Apache Commons, the most common way to get a logger is to do something
> public class MyClass {
>     private static Log log = LogFactory.getLog(MyClass.class);
> }
> Notice how MyClass.class (or alternatively a string name) is passed as a parameter. 
The annoying aspect of this is that sometimes the class name doesn't get updated when doing
copy/paste operations.  A desirable alternative might be:
> public class MyClass {
>     private static Log log = LogFactory.getLog(); //class name inferred from call stack
> }
> With such an approach there are two possible concerns I can foresee:
>     * Call stack inspection isn't terribly fast.  However since Loggers are generally
initialized only once, when the class is first loaded, performance isn't likely to be a major
>     * Commons-logging is Java 1.1 compatible.  Thus care must be taken to ensure compatibility
isn't broken.
>     * Commons-logging doesn't depend on commons-lang, and thus the utilities in commons-lang
cannot be used.
> In Java 1.4, the call stack is easily obtained using Thread.getCallStack().  Prior to
Java 1.4, the only way to obtain the call stack is to inspect the stack trace of an exception.

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