Lightweight logger with a simple pass-through configuration for use with fancier logging libraries
Lightweight logger with a simple pass-through configuration for use with fancier logging libraries. Used by the Sails framework. Optional support for colorized output, custom prefixes, and log levels (using npm's logging conventions.)
$ npm install captains-log
var log = ;;
By default, if you just call
log(), captains-log will write your log output at the "debug" log level. You can achieve the same effect by writing
IMPORTANT NOTE: npm calls this level
log.http(), but we call it
debug. If you use
log(), the logger sees this as a call to
Here are all of the log-level-specific methods which are available in captains-log out of the box:
To use a different library,
overrides.custom must already be instantiated and ready to go with (at minimum) an n-ary
var log = custom: customLogger ;;// yields => "Hello world"
customLogger works as follows:
var customLogger = consolelog;
When an object is passed, and inspect is set to true (it is true, by default), you can configure the inner inspect function options, by passing an
var log = inspectOptions: colors: true depth: null;;
The previous code renders the object with colors.
Formerly, this module encapsulated winston, a popular logger by @indexzero and the gals/guys over at Nodejitsu. Recently, we made Winston optional to make captains-log as lightweight as possible and reduce the number of
npm installs and
require()s necessary for its usage in other modules.
But Winston is awesome! And it's a great fit for many apps, giving you granular control over how log output is handled, including sending emails, logging to multiple transports, and other production-time concerns.
To use boot up a captains-log that writes to Winston, do the following:
var log =custom: new Loggerlevels : ...transports : ...;
It it can useful to configure a custom logger-- particularly for regulatory compliance and organizational requirements (i.e. if your company is using a particular logger in other apps.) In the context of Sails, configuring a custom logger also allows you to intercept all log messages automatically created by the framework, which can be useful for setting up email notifications about errors and warnings.
That said, don't feel like you have to use a custom logger if you want these sorts of notifications. In fact, there are usually more straightforward ways to implement features like Slack, SMS, or email notifications. For example, in Sails, consider customizing your