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From Dean Gaudet <>
Subject Re: adding vhost-specific data to shared error logs
Date Mon, 01 Mar 1999 15:46:20 GMT
replying to an old message...

On Fri, 18 Dec 1998, Aidan Cully wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 16, 1998 at 04:57:59PM, Dean Gaudet said:
> > On Tue, 15 Dec 1998, Aidan Cully wrote:
> > 
> > > I hate to follow up to myself, but no one else has, and I really don't
> > > want to continue wasting my time on this feature if no one cares enough
> > > about it to let me know.
> > > 
> > > So is this useful to people?  Should I be posting to another forum, or
> > > should I file a PR on it?  Should I just forget about this feature?
> > 
> > I think it's useful but I haven't had a chance to look at your work... 
> Groovy, that's all I really needed to hear.  I'll fix the bugs I know
> about, do some testing, and resubmit it.
> To save time, here's an overview of the patch:
> Change server_rec->error_log from a FILE* to a log_type_rec*, where
> log_type_rec is defined as follows:
> struct log_type_rec {
>     int type;
>     void *data;
> };
> where "data" is type dependant, and type can be one of LOG_TYPE_SYSLOG,
> LOG_TYPE_FILE and LOG_TYPE_SHARE.  For SYSLOG, data is ignored, for
> FILE, data is a FILE*, and for SHARE, data is a pointer to a structure:
> struct shared_log_rec {
>     char *string;
>     log_type_rec *share;
> };
> (of course, everything that deals directly with error_log has been
> modified to expect log_type_rec's, rather than FILE*'s.)
> To support shared loggers, I added another field to server_rec, named
> (surprisingly) shared_loggers.  shared_loggers is an array of named
> log_type_rec's..  The ap_init_virtual_host function has been modified
> to use the same 'shared_loggers' pointer among every host.  The
> AddLogger configuration checks context, then adds another shared_logger
> to this array.  The way it does this is to call a modified
> "open_error_log" function (called ap_open_one_log) that returns a
> log_type_rec*, and associates that with a string.  The old
> open_error_log() has been modified to take the return value of
> ap_open_one_log() and stick it into server_rec->error_log.
> When ap_open_one_log() encounters a shared logger declaration, it
> searches through server_rec->shared_loggers for the appropriate one,
> and associates a shared_log_rec* with the associated log_type_rec*.
> The log_error_core() function has been made recursive..  When an
> error_log is SHAREd, it prints the header into a buffer and calls
> itself again.
> Hope this is all clear..

It's not obvious to me why you're putting in this complex data structure. 
Wouldn't it be sufficient to use s->server_name as the "string" in pretty
much all cases?

This gets back to my KISS philosophy -- you're putting in all this extra
logging gear inside apache when you could easily handle it outside apache
in a piped logger.  If what you're really looking for is the ability to
send log messages to both syslog and a file, an external logger can handle
that no problem.  As long as the server_name is there as the first field,
the logger can probably do what it wants. 

Oh, except for the dynamic vhost situation, which your proposal doesn't
handle either. 


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