Using Log4j to selectively log to multiple files

You need to set up more categories in the file, this
can be done like so:

# The default root appender

# A1 is set to be a ConsoleAppender which outputs to System.out.
log4j.appender.A1.layout.ConversionPattern=%-22d{dd/MMM/yyyy HH:mm:ss}
%-8p %c [%t] – %m (%l)%n

# An extra category to a log file

# A3 is set to be a FileAppender which will log all actions in the application.
log4j.appender.A3.layout.ConversionPattern=%-22d{dd/MMM/yyyy HH:mm:ss} – %m%n

Now in your code if you want a Logger for the root appender you use:

Logger logger = Logger.getLogger(MyClass.class.getName());

And if you want to log to the alternate category:

Logger appLogger = Logger.getLogger(“AppLogging”);


Checkout the below link for more details:

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2 Responses to Using Log4j to selectively log to multiple files

  1. SonyaSunny says:

    Super post, Need to mark it on Digg
    Have a nice day

  2. JC says:

    Thanks, it works!

    One thing I would though is the log level may be needed when you define the category.


    In my case I had to specify the log level before it actually logged the message.

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