Log4php - Quick Setup Guide

The package tree

After unpacking the distribution file the following source tree will be created:

    |   +---api
    |   qsg.html (this file)
    |       ...
        |   +---appenders
        |   +---config
        |   +---helpers
        |   +---layouts
        |   +---or
        |   +---spi
        |   +---varia
        |   \---xml


Copy the "log4php-{version}/src/log4php" directory in a place accessible by PHP (called in this document {LOG4PHP-ROOT}) and that's all! Log4php is installed. Optionally the LOG4PHP_DIR constant can be defined to point to {LOG4PHP-ROOT}.

How to use

Three steps are required to use log4php:

  1. Create a configuration file (can be an ".ini"-type or xml file) that will configure the log4php loggers hierarchy tree.
    See the tests/*/configs directories for examples.
    See log4php.dtd for xml elements reference.
    Finally, take a look at the original log4j manual for more examples.
  2. (Optional) Define the LOG4PHP_CONFIGURATION constant to point to the configuration above.
  3. (Optional) Define the LOG4PHP_CONFIGURATOR_CLASS constant to point to a configuration class file.
  4. Include the 'LoggerManager.php' class file in your php scripts.

Once the 'LoggerManager' is included, it will start the default init procedure that can be paramaterized by the previuosly defined LOG4PHP_DEFAULT_INIT_OVERRIDE, LOG4PHP_CONFIGURATION and LOG4PHP_CONFIGURATOR_CLASS constants.

Here is how to use log4php in user PHP code:

    Set LOG4PHP_* constants here 

require_once(LOG4PHP_DIR . '/LoggerManager.php');

    In a class
class Log4phpTest {
        Your public and private vars
    var $_logger;
    function Log4phpTest()
        $this->_logger =& LoggerManager::getLogger('Log4phpTest');


function Log4phpTestFunction()
    $logger =& LoggerManager::getLogger('Log4phpTestFunction');
    $logger->debug('Hello again!');    

    Your PHP code

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