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From Paul Querna <>
Subject Re: Per module LogLevel configuration
Date Fri, 25 Dec 2009 00:38:27 GMT
On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 4:14 AM, Stefan Fritsch <> wrote:
> Hi,
> when debugging problems, one needs detailed debug logging of the
> involved functions. Unfortunately, some modules (especially mod_ssl)
> log so much that switching to LogLevel debug in a production
> environment is often impractical. Therefore I think it would be very
> useful if one could set the loglevel per module.

+1 in concept, this is one of the most annoying parts of the logging
subsystem today!

An alternative implementation would be something along the lines of
how reconnoiter does logging:

This would definitely be a larger rewrite in general for logging, but
would be much more flexible in the long run, but I have grown fond of
how reconoiter's logging subsystem has worked.

Most modules would do this in their init function:

dlog = ap_log_stream_find("mod_foo/debug")
elog = ap_log_stream_find("mod_foo/error")

Where dlog/elog are static globals for that file.  If the logging
system is disabled for that module, logging in the module is then done
like this:

apL(dlog, "foo is wrong: %d", bar);

Our current system only has emerg, alert, crit, error, warn, notice,
info, debug, but because they are not configurable per-module, they
are difficult to use effectively, I think in general if we had
per-module logging, we could easily get by with just critical, error,
info,  and debug.

> Also, there is some need to have finer control over what is logged, as
> demonstrated by modules with their own log configuration
> (SSLLogLevelDebugDump, DumpIOLogLevel, RewriteLogLevel, ...). I would
> introduce some new loglevels above "debug" (maybe trace1 to trace6
> corresponding to the rewrite log levels) and use these for the most
> detailed messages. Together with the per module log level, one could
> then remove the special per module config directives.
> What I want is the admin being abled to configure something like this:
>        LogLevel info ldap=debug authnz_ldap=debug ssl=warn rewrite=trace4
> For the implementation I thought of some loglevel vector similar to
> the construct used by ap_get_module_config. There should then be a
> ap_get_module_loglevel and the ap_log_*error functions would get the
> module_index as additional parameter. To make things somewhat source
> compatible, one could redefine APLOG_MARK to something like
> __FILE__,__LINE__,GLOBAL, i.e. most modules could be compiled without
> changes (but would then use the global log level). To add support to a
> module, something like
>        #define APLOG_MARK_LDAP __FILE__,__LINE__,ldap_module->module_index
> and a global search and replace would be enough for most modules (or
> one could even redefine APLOG_MARK in the module source).

hmm, I'm not sure I really like having to redefine APLOG_MARK in every
file.. It would be nice if we could build the macro into the module
declaration perhaps?



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