How to use CakePHP's built-in logging system?

by scotty_walker , in category: PHP Frameworks , a year ago

How to use CakePHP's built-in logging system?

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by rollin , a year ago


CakePHP's logging system is a powerful tool that can help you keep track of errors, warnings, and other events that occur during the execution of your application. Here's how you can use it:

  1. Set up the logging configuration: Open the config/app.php file and look for the Log configuration section. Here you can configure various logging settings such as the log level, log file location, log format, and so on. By default, CakePHP uses the FileLog engine to write logs to files in the logs directory.
  2. Add log messages: To write a log message, you can use the Log class which is available in all controllers and models. The simplest way to write a log message is to use the write() method:
Log::write('debug', 'This is a debug message');

The first parameter is the log level, which can be one of debug, info, notice, warning, error, critical, alert, or emergency. The second parameter is the message that you want to log.

  1. View logs: To view the logs, open the logs directory in your application's root folder. You should see one or more log files depending on your configuration. The file names will be in the format error.log, debug.log, etc. You can open these files in a text editor or use a log viewer tool to analyze the logs.

Additionally, you can use different loggers like DatabaseLog or SyslogLog as per your application requirements. You can also create custom loggers by extending the BaseLog class.