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From "Mark H. Wood" <mw...@IUPUI.Edu>
Subject Re: Appeal to Tomcat developers
Date Thu, 16 Oct 2008 15:13:11 GMT
There is simple, and then there is SIMPLE.

The typical daemon has ONE LINE for logging configuration:  "log file
goes there".  Some might have one line for the error log and another
for an activity log.  Some might let you say whether to use syslog or
files.  If you supply NO configuration, it will probably do something
totally unsurprising and reasonably useful anyway.

Java app.s, on the other hand, tend to have multiple layers of log
abstractions and may very well have dozens or hundreds of lines, in
(a) separate configuration file(s), just to describe logging.  It's
great for debugging but hell for the poor sysadmin who only wants to
say "put the log file there".

I think that's what is being asked: there should be *one page* that
begins with *everything you need to know* in order to say, "put the
log file there".  Just that.  After that, it's appropriate to point
out that much more subtle arrangements are available, and when you
want more, come back, here are pointers to all the hairy details.

Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer   mwood@IUPUI.Edu
Typically when a software vendor says that a product is "intuitive" he
means the exact opposite.

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