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From "Mark A. DeMichele" <d...@intellipro.com>
Subject RE: Using log4Net to log multiple files by different users/tasks
Date Mon, 06 Oct 2008 14:52:08 GMT
Actually I have been looking at the code.  Sometimes it's easier to do
it in Reflector since you can easily drill down and also find where
methods are called from.  In any case, my major problem was to clean up
the ILogger objects when I was through with them.  Since that didn't
seem possible, I did as you suggested and modified my code to create
separate repositories.  One for each task.  The first problem was
checking to see if the repository existed (without catching exceptions
which are slow).   LogManager doesn't seem to have a .RespositoryExists
method, but I was able to achieve it through some typecasting.   I wound
up doing something like this.
ILoggerRepository loggerRep;
ository(TaskID.ToString())) {
  loggerRep = LogManager.GetRepository(TaskID.ToString());
} else {
  loggerRep = LogManager.CreateRepository(TaskID.ToString());

It isn't pretty, but it did the job.  I suggest someone add a
ExistsRepository to the LogManager class.

So now my design has one repository per Task, one Logger per repository,
and one Appender per Logger.  Seems like an overkill, but what the heck,
it's funcitonal.

So now after all this, I go to write the code to clean all this up when
my task is completed.  So I do something like this.

ository(TaskID.ToString())) {

Well, this doesn't crash or anything, but if you look at the code when
you call ShutdownRespository, it still doesn't clean up the pointers to
the Repository so it stays in memory.  What's up with this.  I guess
clean up isn't a high priority for Log4Net since it's meant to handle
global type logging tasks.  For my design this is bad since now these
objects will never being garbage collected.  I noticed that the
repository has a Shutdown event.  I wonder if the RepositorSelector
should listen to that event and remove the Repository from it's private

I'm really starting to think the Log4Net is not a good choice for what
I'm doing.  

All I'm really looking for is to write a tab delimitted file in a thread
safe way while allowing other threads to read from it while I'm writing.
I wonder if there's something else out there that's simpler and more
suited for what I'm trying to do.


From: Ron Grabowski [mailto:rongrabowski@yahoo.com] 
Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2008 11:48 PM
To: Log4NET User
Subject: Re: Using log4Net to log multiple files by different

The source code to log4net is available at:


If you're wondering how something works that may be a better place to
look. Most (all?) of the source is commented. 

Its acceptable to create a new repository for medium to long running
tasks. When you shutdown the repository it automatically shuts down all
of its appenders and loggers.

----- Original Message ----
From: Mark A. DeMichele <demi@intellipro.com>
To: Log4NET User <log4net-user@logging.apache.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 5, 2008 6:19:07 PM
Subject: RE: Using log4Net to log multiple files by different

I'm not sure you're completing understanding my dilema.  I need to
basically create loggers on the fly which are associated with separate
I did actually get something working, but now I can't figure out how to
clean up.  This is what I have so far. 
To start I create a repostitory and give it a name.  I then store the
repository pointer in a static variable.
Then when I start a specific task, I use the repository to create a
logger and I add a file appender to that logger.  The file appender is
associtated with a unique file name.  My task has a unique id and I used
tha same id to name the logger.  All my logging for that task uses that
logger with that name and everything seems ok.
Now here's the problem.  When my task is done, I would like to clean up
that logger and remove it from the repositry, but there doesn't seem to
be a way to do this.  I fear that based on my design, if my server is
running for days on end, the hash table where the loggers are stored in
the repository will grow and grow.   I used Reflector to look at the
code in the Hierarchy object. but there doesn't seem to be a way to
remove an object from the hash table.


From: Ron Grabowski [mailto:rongrabowski@yahoo.com] 
Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2008 11:51 AM
To: Log4NET User
Subject: Re: Using log4Net to log multiple files by different

In your code the File property gets set when the Appender is created.
Here's an example showing how to set the File property based on each
logging event:


That example code is probably slow. log4j and nlog have file appenders
that keep the most recent files open so you don't have to pay the
open/close penalty.

You could probably extend the FileAppender and override a method or two
to do what you want.

----- Original Message ----
From: Mark A. DeMichele <demi@intellipro.com>
To: log4net-user@logging.apache.org
Sent: Sunday, October 5, 2008 9:43:05 AM
Subject: Using log4Net to log multiple files by different users/tasks

I have an asp.net site in which different users run different tasks.
Each individual task is managed by a TaskManager that I'm writing.
While each task is running it has the opportunity to log to it's own log
file.  I'm trying to use Log4Net to do this, but so far I've been unable
to figure out how exactly to accomplish this.  Any advice would be
So far, I believe I must create an individual Appender for each task.
Something like this.
PatternLayout layout = new PatternLayout("%date{dd-MM-yyyy HH:mm:ss,fff}
%5level [%2thread] %message (%logger{1}:%line)%n");
FileAppender appender = new FileAppender();
appender.Layout = layout;
appender.File = "d:\\logs\\" + TaskID.ToString()+ ".txt";
appender.AppendToFile = true;
appender.Name = "File";
appender.Threshold = log4net.Core.Level.All;

And I know that eventaully, I'll want to code to call something like 

ILog _Log = LogManager.GetLogger(TaskID.ToString());

But I can't figure out how to make that logger unique and how to
associate that single appender to it and not to have that single
appender interfere with other users and tasks.

I'm starting to think that this is not possible with Log4Net.  Maybe
Log4Net is made more to have global loggers and not many individual task
related ones.  I'd appreciate any help anyone can give me.


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