log4js-node

A port of log4js to node.js

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Date Rolling File Appender

This is a file appender that rolls log files based on a configurable time, rather than the file size. When using the date file appender, you should also call log4js.shutdown when your application terminates, to ensure that any remaining asynchronous writes have finished. Although the date file appender uses the streamroller library, this is included as a dependency of log4js so you do not need to include it yourself.

Configuration

Any other configuration parameters will be passed to the underlying streamroller implementation (see also node.js core file streams):

The pattern is used to determine when the current log file should be renamed and a new log file created. For example, with a filename of ‘cheese.log’, and the default pattern of .yyyy-MM-dd - on startup this will result in a file called cheese.log being created and written to until the next write after midnight. When this happens, cheese.log will be renamed to cheese.log.2017-04-30 and a new cheese.log file created. The appender uses the date-format library to parse the pattern, and any of the valid formats can be used. Also note that there is no timer controlling the log rolling - changes in the pattern are determined on every log write. If no writes occur, then no log rolling will happen. If your application logs infrequently this could result in no log file being written for a particular time period.

Note that, from version 4.x of log4js onwards, the file appender can take any of the options for the file appender as well. So you could roll files by both date and size.

Example (default daily log rolling)

log4js.configure({
  appenders: {
    everything: { type: 'dateFile', filename: 'all-the-logs.log' }
  },
  categories: {
    default: { appenders: [ 'everything' ], level: 'debug' }
  }
});

This example will result in files being rolled every day. The initial file will be all-the-logs.log, with the daily backups being all-the-logs.log.2017-04-30, etc.

Example with hourly log rolling (and compressed backups)

log4js.configure({
  appenders: {
    everything: { type: 'dateFile', filename: 'all-the-logs.log', pattern: '.yyyy-MM-dd-hh', compress: true }
  },
  categories: {
    default: { appenders: [ 'everything' ], level: 'debug'}
  }
});

This will result in one current log file (all-the-logs.log). Every hour this file will be compressed and renamed to all-the-logs.log.2017-04-30-08.gz (for example) and a new all-the-logs.log created.