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Codesmith Logger

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The ch.codesmith/logger library is thin macro layer on top of Slf4j. It simplifies the usage of the Logstash Logback Encoder in Clojure projects. The Logstash Logback Encoder is an encoder for Logback that emits a Logstash compatible JSON string for every logging events. We use the special Markers to log contexts as well StructuredArguments to structure the log entries.


To use, include in your deps.edn

 {:mvn/version "0.7.108"}

In Clojure

The logging macros are in the namespace ch.codesmith.logger.

The library requires a Logger instance in every namespace where the logging macros is used. This is accomplished by calling the macro deflogger, typically called at the top of the namespace file. The macro creates a var in the namespace with the name ⠇⠕⠶⠻. You must avoid creating a var with the same name.

(ns example
  (require [ :as log]))


;; The logging macros can now be used in the example namespace.

The logger macros come in three families: context/structured arguments (ending with -c), message (ending with -m) and error (ending with -e). Each family has a macro for one of the 5 log levels, with prefixes trace, debug, info, warn and error. We illustrate for the log level info; the others are similar.

Macro info-c

The macro info-c is used to transmit a context and structured argument to the log entry. With the LogstashEncoder ( cf. below), the context is added under the key "context" in the emitted JSON. The macro comes with 3 variants: context only; context and message; context, format string and varars with key/value pairs that are passed as structured arguments.

(log/info-c {:key "value"})
;; {"@timestamp":"...","@version":"1","message":"","logger_name":"example",...,"context":{"key":"value"}}

(log/info-c {:key "value"} "important message")
;; {"@timestamp":"...","@version":"1","message":"important message","logger_name":"example",...,"context":{"key":"value"}}

(log/info-c {:key "value"} "import message for {}" :user "stan")
;; {"@timestamp":"...","@version":"1","message":"important message for user=\"stan\"","logger_name":"example",...,"context":{"key":"value"}, "user":"stan"}

The info-c macro produces code that checks if the info log level is enabled and it guaranties that the json transformation happens exactly once. The json transformation is handled by the library jsonista. If the context or structured argument value is not encodable by jsonista, the context is encoded via pr-str and emitted as string. The library logs a warning in that case.

(log/info-c {:key +})
;; {"@timestamp":"...","@version":"1","message":"Serialization error","logger_name":"","level":"WARN",...,"stack_trace":"com.fasterxml.jackson.core.JsonGenerationException: Cannot JSON encode object of class: class clojure.core$_PLUS_: clojure.core$_PLUS_@7a5a9ca1...."}
;; {"@timestamp":"...","@version":"1","message":"","logger_name":"example","context":"{:key #object[clojure.core$_PLUS_ 0x7a5a9ca1 \"clojure.core$_PLUS_@7a5a9ca1\"]}"}

Macro info-m

The macro info-m is used for simple message formating. To have structured arguments, you must use the log/kv function.

(log/info-m "import message for {}, status {}" (log/kv :user "stan") 400)
;; {"@timestamp":"...","@version":"1","message":"import message for user=stan, status 400","logger_name":"example","user":"stan"...}

Macro info-e

The macro info-e is used to log errors (Throwables). The macro comes with 3 variants: error only; error and context; error, context and message. In the first case, the message from the error is used as message via Throwable#getMessage() and the result of ex-data is put ins the json under the key exdata (by default). The dyadic version takes a context as second argument. The triadic version allows to give an alternative error message.

(log/info-e (IllegalStateException. "fatal error"))
;; {"@timestamp":"...","@version":"1","message":"fatal error","logger_name":"example",...,"stack_trace":"..."}

(log/info-e (ex-info "fatal error" {:key "value"}))
;; {"@timestamp":"...","@version":"1","message":"fatal-error","logger_name":"example",...,"stack_trace":"...","exdata":{"key":"value"}}

(log/info-e (ex-info "fatal error" {:key "value"}) {:more "information"})
;; {"@timestamp":"...","@version":"1","message":"fatal error","logger_name":"example",...,"stack_trace":"...","exdata":{"key":"value"},"context":{"more":"information"}}

(log/info-e (ex-info "fatal error" {:key "value"}) {:more "information"} "important message")
;; {"@timestamp":"...","@version":"1","message":"important message","logger_name":"example",...,"stack_trace":"...","exdata":{"key":"value"},"context":{"more":"information"}}

As for the info-c macro, the info-e macro produces code that checks if the info log level is enabled and it guaranties that the json transformation happens exactly once. The json transformation is handled by the library jsonista. If the first argument is not a Throwable, the library will wrap a string representation of that value with ex-info. The library logs a warning in that case.

(log/info-e 1)
;; {"@timestamp":"???","@version":"1","message":"Value 1 is not a throwable; wrapping in ex-info","logger_name":"","level":"WARN",...}
;; {"@timestamp":"???","@version":"1","message":"1","logger_name":"example",...,"stack_trace":"clojure.lang.ExceptionInfo: 1","exdata":{}}

(log/info-e (ex-info "important message" {:key +}))
;; {"@timestamp":"???","@version":"1","message":"Serialization error","logger_name":"","level":"WARN",...,"stack_trace":"com.fasterxml.jackson.core.JsonGenerationException: Cannot JSON encode object of class: class clojure.core$_PLUS_: clojure.core$_PLUS_@7a5a9ca1..."}
;; {"@timestamp":"???","@version":"1","message":"important message","logger_name":"example",...,"stack_trace":"...","exdata":"{:key #object[clojure.core$_PLUS_ 0x7a5a9ca1 \"clojure.core$_PLUS_@7a5a9ca1\"]}"}

Macro spy

The library has also a spy macro to intercept and log an expression and its value. The monadic variant logs with the debug level. The dyadic variant takes the log level as first argument; the log level can be given as string, keyword or symbol.

(log/spy :info (+ 1 2))
;; {"@timestamp":"...","@version":"1","message":"spy","logger_name":"example","context":{"expression":"(+ 1 2)","value":3}}
;; 3


In Clojure

The library has three functions to configure it: set-context-logging-key!, set-ex-data-logging-key! and set-context-pre-logging-transformation!. The functions set-context-logging-key! and set-ex-data-logging-key! take a string as argument. They configures the string that is used as a key to output the context and the exception data respectively in the JSON output of the Logstash appender. By default, they are "context" and "exdata" respectively.

The function set-context-pre-logging-transformation! takes a monadic function as an argument. It is applied to the context before it is encoded in JSON. By default, it is the identity function. For instance, this function can be used to filter out keys from the context.

Logback configuration

For server/productive usage, you want to configure logback appenders with the LogstashEncoder encoder. This will cause logback to emit one line of JSON for every log entry. In the following example, we configure the ConsoleAppender to use the LogstashEncoder.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<configuration scan="false" debug="true">
    <statusListener class="ch.qos.logback.core.status.OnConsoleStatusListener"/>

    <appender name="STDOUT" class="ch.qos.logback.core.ConsoleAppender">
        <encoder class="net.logstash.logback.encoder.LogstashEncoder"/>

    <!-- libraries -->
    <logger name="ch.qos.logback.classic" level="WARN"/>
    <logger name="org.apache.http" level="WARN"/>
    <logger name="" level="WARN"/>

    <root level="INFO">
        <appender-ref ref="STDOUT"/>

While it is possible to use the previous configuration for development, it can be problematic to read stack traces of Throwable logged events as they will on a (very long) line. For development, we recommand to use the standard pattern encoder. Use the %marker pattern to print out the context. In the following example, we also keep the JSON encoder so that you can see how the logs will be on production.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<configuration scan="true" debug="true" scanPeriod="20 seconds">
    <statusListener class="ch.qos.logback.core.status.OnConsoleStatusListener"/>

    <appender name="STDOUT-JSON" class="ch.qos.logback.core.ConsoleAppender">
        <encoder class="net.logstash.logback.encoder.LogstashEncoder"/>

    <appender name="STDOUT-TEXT" class="ch.qos.logback.core.ConsoleAppender">
            <pattern>%d{yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSS} %-5level %-18thread - %marker - %msg%n

    <!-- libraries -->
    <logger name="ch.qos.logback.classic" level="WARN"/>
    <logger name="" level="WARN"/>

    <root level="INFO">
        <appender-ref ref="STDOUT-JSON"/>
        <appender-ref ref="STDOUT-TEXT"/>

You can find these example configurations in the folder examples.


Copyright 2017-2018 — AVA-X GmbH (Original code included in commit 5ab43e44008d08301a16d47dcf6bd8080cc8c288)

Copyright 2020 — Codesmith GmbH (All modifications since 5ab43e44008d08301a16d47dcf6bd8080cc8c288)

Codesmith Logger is licensed under Eclipe Public License v1.0

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