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From "Hope, Matthew" <>
Subject RE: [logging] setting log levels
Date Mon, 12 May 2003 18:50:02 GMT
Unless they have a bloody good reason for wanting to use command line
arguments convince them not to - the effort is not well spent as it
restricts what is achievable and adds unnecessary maintenance.

Your customer would appear to fail to understand the configurability
afforded through JDK1/4 logging, Log4j et al.

Configuration of the underlying Logging implementation is not in the scope
of commons logging. Which is why there is no obvious way to achieve that
which you speak.

You could have you main method set up the underlying implementation directly
(Log4j allows this pretty simply as I think does JDK1.4 logging)  Then at
least your logging dependancy is kept to one class...

Alternatively show them how to pass command line arguments as jvm system

In the properties file

Then command line
java -Dlogging.file=logfile.txt myApp


-----Original Message-----
From: Sigler, John [] 
Sent: 12 May 2003 18:59
Subject: [logging] setting log levels

We have a customer requirement to allow the logging level and output log
filename to be overridden via the command line (i.e., run "foo -l
logfile.txt -mode debug") as well as set via an external file. Looking
through the logging API I don't see a way to do either. Is it possible? 

john sigler

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