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    Simple Node Logger

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    A simple multi-level logger for console, file, and rolling file appenders. Features include:

    • levels: trace, debug, info, warn, error and fatal levels (plus all and off)
    • flexible appender/formatters with default to HH:mm:ss.SSS LEVEL message
    • add appenders to send output to console, file, rolling file, etc
    • change log levels on the fly
    • domain and category columns
    • overridable format methods in base appender
    • stats that track counts of all log statements including warn, error, etc
    • ability to configure to emit process error event for central trapping

    Installation

    npm install simple-node-logger --save

    How to use

    // create a stdout console logger
    const log = require('simple-node-logger').createSimpleLogger();

    or

    // create a stdout and file logger
    const log = require('simple-node-logger').createSimpleLogger('project.log');

    or

    // create a custom timestamp format for log statements
    const SimpleNodeLogger = require('simple-node-logger'),
    	opts = {
    		logFilePath:'mylogfile.log',
    		timestampFormat:'YYYY-MM-DD HH:mm:ss.SSS'
    	},
    log = SimpleNodeLogger.createSimpleLogger( opts );

    or

    // create a file only file logger
    const log = require('simple-node-logger').createSimpleFileLogger('project.log');

    or

    // create a rolling file logger based on date/time that fires process events
    const opts = {
    	errorEventName:'error',
            logDirectory:'/mylogfiles', // NOTE: folder must exist and be writable...
            fileNamePattern:'roll-<DATE>.log',
            dateFormat:'YYYY.MM.DD'
    };
    const log = require('simple-node-logger').createRollingFileLogger( opts );

    or

    // create a log manager
    const manager = require('simple-node-logger').createLogManager();
        
    manager.createConsoleAppender();
        
    const log = manager.createLogger('MyClass');
    // create other logs and appenders...

    The first use simply logs to the console. The second logs to the console and to the project.log file. The third create a console logger with a custom timestamp format. The fourth logs to the file only. The fifth creates a rolling file log system in the target log folder. The fifth creates a log manager to enable you to add various appenders with multiple levels and create logs for each module or class.

    See the examples folder for in depth samples...

    Log Levels

    The log levels include the standard set: trace, debug, info, warn, error and fatal. The default level is info. The log level can be set at run-time by doing this:

    log.setLevel('warn');

    This sets the log level to warn and suppresses debug and info messages.

    Log Statement Formats

    Simple Logger

    The default format is HH:mm:ss.SSS LEVEL message. For example, the log message:

    log.info('subscription to ', channel, ' accepted at ', new Date().toJSON());

    Yields:

    14:14:21.363 INFO subscription to /devchannel accepted at 2014-04-10T14:20:52.938Z

    Category Logger

    If you create a logger with a category name, all log statements will include this category. Typically a category is a class or module name. If you create a logger with the category name 'MyCategory', the log statement would format like this:

    14:14:21.363 INFO MyCategory subscription to /devchannel accepted at 2014-04-10T14:20:52.938Z

    Appenders

    You can create a single logger / log manager and add multiple appenders with different log levels. For example, you can add a console appender that has a log level of warn and a file appender to debug.

    See examples/category-logger.js for an example.

    Console

    Writes to the console. This is the simplest appender typically used for command line applications or for development.

    File

    Writes to the specified file. This appender is typically used for services that periodically start and stop or that have a limited number of log statements. An example would be to log just error & fatal messages separate from other logs.

    Rolling File Appender

    The rolling file appender offers a full production logger where files roll based on date and time. The minimum roll time is a single hour. A typical application would be a production environment where log files are rolled throughout the day then archived to a separate location.

    The rolling file appender requires a valid date format and file name pattern. The filename must contain the key word that will be replaced with the formatted date. The configuration must also include a target log directory where the files will be written.

    Valid Filename Patterns

    mylog-<DATE>.log
    ApplicationName.log.<DATE>
    <DATE>.log
    <DATE>
    

    Valid Date Formats

    Date formats must map to acceptable file names so have more restrictions than typical dates. If you use delimiters, you are restricted to a dash or dot delimiter to separate year, month, day and hour. Valid examples include:

    MMDD  // simple month day that rolls at midnight (no delimiters)
    YYYY.MM.DD-HH // year month day and hour that can roll up to once per hour
    YYYY-MM-DD.a // year month day and am/pm that rolls twice per day
    YYYY-MMM-DD // year month day where month is the short name (Mar, Apr, etc)
    

    The default format YYYY.MM.DD is used if the format is not supplied.

    Dynamic Configuration

    Create a javascript configuration that implements 'readConfig' to return configuration details.

    Examples

    The examples folder includes a handful of simple to not so simple cases for console, file, multi-appender, category, etc.

    Customizations

    Appenders

    Adding a new appender is as easy as implementing write( logEntry ). The easiest way to implement is by extending the base class AbstractAppender. You may also easily override the formatting, order, etc by overriding or providing your own abstract or concrete appender.

    For example, you can extend the AbstractAppender to create a JSON appender by doing this:

        const AbstractAppender = require('simple-node-logger').AbstractAppender;
    
        const JSONAppender = function() {
        	'use strict';
        	var appender = this;
        	
            var opts = {
                typeName:'JSONAppender'
            };
            
            AbstractAppender.extend( this, opts );
            
            // format and write all entry/statements
            this.write = function(entry) {
            	var fields = appender.formatEntry( entry );
            	
            	process.stdout.write( JSON.stringify( entry ) + '\n' );
            };
        };

    Overrides

    Appenders

    The appenders have formatting messages that can be overridden at the abstract or concrete level. The format methods include:

    • formatEntry(entry) - to override all formatting
    • formatMessage(msgList) - to override a list of messages
    • formatDate(value) - custom date, defaults to ISO8601
    • formatObject(value) - custom object, defaults to json for regular objects

    Logger

    It's easy to extend any one of the log methods at the instance level. Here is an example of overriding the error log to send a socket message:

    const log = new require('simple-node-logger').createSimpleLogger();
    const socket = openWebSocket();
    
    // override the standard error method to send a socket message
    log.error = function() {
        var args = Array.prototype.slice.call( arguments ),
            entry = log.log('error', args);
    
        // now do something special with the log entry...
        process.nextTick(function() {
        	socket.send( JSON.stringify( entry ));
        });
    };

    Tests

    All unit tests are written in mocha/chai/should and can be run from the command line by doing this:

    make test

    There is also a file watcher that can be invoked with this:

    make watch

    Mocks

    Mocks used for testing include MockLogger and MockAppender. Typically you would use MockLogger for unit tests like this:

        const MockLogger = require('simple-node-logger').mocks.MockLogger;
    
        const log = MockLogger.createLogger('MyCategory');
    
        log.info('this is a log statement');
        log.getLogEntries().length.should.equal( 1 );

    MockLogger extends Logger and uses MockAppender to capture log entries.

    License

    Apache 2.0

    Recent updates...

    • 0.93.29: when an Error object is logged, the message and stack trace are sent to log targets
    • 0.93.30: fixed example/category-logger.js and examples/domain-logger.js to not double-log
    • 0.93.31: added thisArg to methods in AbstractAppender to enable proper binding and full override when extending

    Copyright © 2014-2019, rain city software | Version 18.12.24

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