[rfc][icedtea-web] refactored logging

Omair Majid omajid at redhat.com
Wed Sep 11 13:05:06 PDT 2013

On 09/11/2013 12:29 PM, Pavel Tisnovsky wrote:
>> Can you describe the motivation for logging into syslog? Is this
>> somethings lots of other user programs do?
> The main problem with the current solution is that most users don't know
> how to enable debug output

The single place to configure (enable) logging for both javaws and
plugin is itweb-settings, no? Should we be fixing that to make things
more obvious?

> and also how to run ITW (+browser) from the console
> to see error output. Syslog might be better and I think it's now the standard
> way how applications might log its messages.

I don't know if I have seen anything other than system applications (or
non-interactive) applications use syslog. What other applications that
you can interact with on the command line do this?

At least as far as programs are concerned, my first instinct is to look
at --help (or -help or -h) for some sort of --verbose or -v or --debug
flag and use that. Maybe I have been doing it wrong, but I can't
remember looking at the syslog for any interactive programs, ever.

For the browser plugin, I guess syslog makes a little bit more sense for
standard logging messages. I am not sure the actual debug messages from
the plugin (as in ~/.icedtea/logs/) are appropriate - maybe it will be
too much noise?

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