[logback-user] Jetty: How to get multiple web applications log to a common log file

Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen thunderaxiom at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 1 13:16:41 CET 2012

If you need a single destination for the whole web container, and you do not
want to violate the servlet specification by writing to the file system, and
the web container uses JDK14 logging and provide suitable logging
facilities, you can use the slf4j-jdk bridge to forward the events to the
web container log.


In my opinion this is the correct approach for web applications.




From: logback-user-bounces at qos.ch [mailto:logback-user-bounces at qos.ch] On
Behalf Of Gaurav Kumar
Sent: 31. oktober 2012 13:57
To: logback-user at qos.ch
Subject: Re: [logback-user] Jetty: How to get multiple web applications log
to a common log file


any suggestions will be really appreciated. I am totally stuck on this.


On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM, Gaurav Kumar <gaurav419 at gmail.com> wrote:


[Please ignore the previous email with the same subject line. That was
accidentally posted.]


I am using Jetty webserver and logback for logging.

I have a scenario with multiple Web Applications (so multiple wars into
jetty/webapps dir). Each war has its own copy of logback-classic,
logback-core and slf4j-api. There is a common copy of logback.xml in
jetty/resources (pasted below). My intent is to maintain a logfile named
"testapp.<date>.log" which should be used by all the wars for logging.
Further, I want a rollover of this file on every startup. I am able to
achieve this except that each war is trying to create its own version of the
log file so when each war is loaded it creates its own logfile archiving the
earlier logfile created by the earlier war. This continues till all wars are
loaded thus creating these many log files per startup. The archived files
are are named "testapp.<date>.log.<time in millisec>.

Is there a way to ask all wars to log into the same file?


logback.xml file content:

  <timestamp key="dateStr" datePattern="yyyy-MM-dd"
  <timestamp key="timeStr" datePattern="HHmmssSSS"

  <appender name="STDOUT" class="ch.qos.logback.core.ConsoleAppender">
       <pattern>%date{MMM dd}, %date{yyyy hh:mm:ss a} %class
%method\(\):%line %n%level: %message%n </pattern>
  <appender name="FILE"


      <!-- daily rollover -->


      <!-- keep max 30 rolled over files -->

      <!-- trigger for daily rollover and every server restart -->


        <pattern>%date{MMM dd}, %date{yyyy hh:mm:ss a} %class
%method\(\):%line %n%level: %message%n </pattern>
  <root level="INFO">
    <appender-ref ref="FILE" />


LogbackLogTriggeringPolicy.java is:

public class LogbackLogTriggeringPolicy<E> extends
DefaultTimeBasedFileNamingAndTriggeringPolicy<E> {
      public void start() {
          nextCheck = 0L;

          isTriggeringEvent(null, null);
          try {
          } catch (RolloverFailure e) {
              //Do nothing




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