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Q: How do I make Axis and my applications to use the same log-system as my servlet engine?

A: What you need to do is:

  -define the used logger and it's properties in the servlet-engine level
  -remove contradicting logger definitions and properties files from axis level and application level
  -program log-functionality with jakarta-commons-logging (that's what Axis and Jetty use)

Example with Axis 1.1, Log4j 1.2.8 and Jetty 4.2-14rc1:

  1) Use Jetty that has log4j included. (for example Jetty-4.2.14rc1-all.zip)
  2) Configure the jetty-plus functionality into use (documented in http://jetty.mortbay.org/jetty/plus/)
  2a) Edit jetty.xml
      -Replace <Configure class="org.mortbay.jetty.Server"> with <Configure class="org.mortbay.jetty.plus.Server">
      -Add the following lines
         <Call name="instance" class="org.mortbay.util.Log"> 
           <Call name="disableLog"/> 
           <Call name="add"> 
                <New class="org.mortbay.util.log4j.Log4jSink"> 
                  <Call name="start"/> 
  3) Copy log4j.properties to ${jetty.home}/etc
  4) remove log4j.properties and simplelog.properties from axis.jar
  5) startup Jetty as Jettyplus
  6) define log4j.configuration -5 and 6 can be done by starting Jetty with command:
     java -Djetty.server=org.mortbay.jetty.plus.Server -Dlog4j.configuration=log4j.properties -jar start.jar
  7) You can also delete log4j and commons-logging jars from the WEB-INF/lib direcory. You don't have to,
     but applying KISS on jars can make life a little easier. Having more than one log4j running is not
     a good thing. 

The log4j.properties categories can look something like this:

  log4j.rootCategory=WARN, CONSOLE
  log4j.logger.org.mortbay=WARN, JETTY
  log4j.logger.org.apache.axis=WARN, AXIS
  log4j.logger.com.mycompany=WARN, MYCOMPANY

Q: Why?

A: Logging is good. Badly configured logging is a security risk. Configuring all the logging in one place makes bad configurations a bit harder to make. Using rollover file loggers with max filesize and index you can have an exact space-limit for the logfiles created by one servlet-engine installation. You don't want to fill your disk with logs, now do you?

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