[logback-dev] [JIRA] Commented: (LBCORE-171) Can't use logback on GAE SDK 1.3.7 when configured with logback.xml

Maxim Veksler (JIRA) noreply-jira at qos.ch
Wed Oct 13 19:07:51 CEST 2010

    [ http://jira.qos.ch/browse/LBCORE-171?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel&focusedCommentId=11841#action_11841 ] 

Maxim Veksler commented on LBCORE-171:

Work around, based on the following thread http://www.mail-archive.com/google-appengine-java@googlegroups.com/msg12031.html

Create in your project the following class (taken from version 0.9.24 of logback):


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package ch.qos.logback.core.util;

import java.net.InetAddress;
import java.net.UnknownHostException;

import com.google.appengine.api.utils.SystemProperty;

import ch.qos.logback.core.Context;
import ch.qos.logback.core.CoreConstants;
import ch.qos.logback.core.spi.ContextAwareBase;

public class ContextUtil extends ContextAwareBase {

  public ContextUtil(Context context) {

  static String getLocalHostName() throws UnknownHostException {
	  return SystemProperty.applicationId.get();

   * Add the local host's name as a property
  public void addHostNameAsProperty() {
    try {
      String localhostName =  getLocalHostName();
      context.putProperty(CoreConstants.HOSTNAME_KEY, localhostName);
    } catch (UnknownHostException e) {
      addError("Failed to get local hostname", e);
    } catch (SecurityException e) {
      addError("Failed to get local hostname", e);


> Can't use logback on GAE SDK 1.3.7 when configured with logback.xml
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LBCORE-171
>                 URL: http://jira.qos.ch/browse/LBCORE-171
>             Project: logback-core
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 0.9.24
>         Environment: GAE/J 1.3.7
>            Reporter: Maxim Veksler
>            Assignee: Logback dev list
> Trying to initialize logback with custom configuration file (logback.xml) running on GAE platform throws the following exception
> Failed to instantiate [ch.qos.logback.classic.LoggerContext]
> Reported exception:
> java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: java.net.InetAddress is a restricted class. Please see the Google  App Engine developer's guide for more details.
> 	at com.google.appengine.tools.development.agent.runtime.Runtime.reject(Runtime.java:51)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.core.util.ContextUtil.getLocalHostName(ContextUtil.java:30)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.core.util.ContextUtil.addHostNameAsProperty(ContextUtil.java:39)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.classic.joran.action.ConfigurationAction.begin(ConfigurationAction.java:47)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.core.joran.spi.Interpreter.callBeginAction(Interpreter.java:273)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.core.joran.spi.Interpreter.startElement(Interpreter.java:145)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.core.joran.spi.Interpreter.startElement(Interpreter.java:127)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.core.joran.spi.EventPlayer.play(EventPlayer.java:40)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.core.joran.spi.Interpreter.play(Interpreter.java:332)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.core.joran.GenericConfigurator.doConfigure(GenericConfigurator.java:126)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.core.joran.GenericConfigurator.doConfigure(GenericConfigurator.java:93)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.core.joran.GenericConfigurator.doConfigure(GenericConfigurator.java:52)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.classic.util.ContextInitializer.configureByResource(ContextInitializer.java:77)
> 	at ch.qos.logback.classic.util.ContextInitializer.autoConfig(ContextInitializer.java:150)
> 	at org.slf4j.impl.StaticLoggerBinder.init(StaticLoggerBinder.java:85)
> 	at org.slf4j.impl.StaticLoggerBinder.<clinit>(StaticLoggerBinder.java:55)
> 	at org.slf4j.LoggerFactory.bind(LoggerFactory.java:121)
> 	at org.slf4j.LoggerFactory.performInitialization(LoggerFactory.java:111)
> 	at org.slf4j.LoggerFactory.getILoggerFactory(LoggerFactory.java:268)
> 	at org.slf4j.LoggerFactory.getLogger(LoggerFactory.java:241)
> 	at org.slf4j.LoggerFactory.getLogger(LoggerFactory.java:254)
> ......
> This happens because ch.qos.logback.core.util.ContextUtil.java contains are reference to a java.net.InetAddress which is a restricted class on Google AppEngine Platform SDK 1.3.7:
>   static String getLocalHostName() throws UnknownHostException {
>     InetAddress localhost = InetAddress.getLocalHost();
>     return localhost.getHostName();
>   }
> I should note that BasicConfigurator is working and is able to configure the logback subsystem.
> A couple of resolutions I can think of:
> 1. Don't export this parameter by default, instead let the user choose if to define it or not in the logback.xml configuration file.
> 2. Create a "GAEConfigurator" which will use default for the limited GAE environment.
> 2. Provide a custom build for GAE platform, where this parameter will be taken from http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/java/javadoc/com/google/appengine/api/utils/SystemProperty.html#applicationId or not be defined at all.
> 4. Provide some method to override / use a different implementation of ContextUtil, one which will be suitable for GAE.

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