Anonymous Coward Anonymous Coward - 1 year ago 157
Java Question

Java Logging - where is my log file?

I'm having trouble finding my log files.

I'm using Java Logging -

- in Eclipse 3.7.1 on Windows XP. The relevant lines of my
file are:

handlers= java.util.logging.FileHandler, java.util.logging.ConsoleHandler
java.util.logging.FileHandler.pattern = %h/java%u.log
java.util.logging.FileHandler.limit = 50000
java.util.logging.FileHandler.count = 1
java.util.logging.FileHandler.formatter = java.util.logging.XMLFormatter

As far as I can figure out, after I execute these two lines:

Logger logger = Logger.getLogger("test");
logger.logp(Level.INFO, "myClass", "myMethod", "Alcatraz");

my log file should be in
C:\Documents and Settings\[My Windows ID]\javaX.log
is an integer.

I have 5 different
files in that directory,
, but none of them contain my log record or even a record with today's date on it. I did some googling and found Tracing and Logging which implies that my logs should be at a different location,
c:\Documents and Settings\[My Windows ID]\Application Data\Sun\Java\Deployment\log
. There is one file there, named
, but it is essentially empty:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="windows-1252" standalone="no"?>
<!DOCTYPE log SYSTEM "logger.dtd">

Its creation date is last week. (I'm not sure what process created it; I certainly didn't create it explicitly.)

So where is my log file then? I can't think of anywhere else to look.

Also, does anyone know when changes to
take effect? If I changed the log level or the
, what would have to happen before my program saw the changes? Simply saving the changes in
is clearly not enough. Will I need to restart Eclipse? Or reboot the computer? Just curious. That's not nearly as big a deal to me as finding out where my log file actually is.

sjr sjr
Answer Source

Where is your file located? It should be available in the root of the classpath. As a sanity check, what does the following code print?


If the code is in a static context, use