bmcweb logging

Ratan Gupta ratagupt at
Fri Oct 30 23:24:27 AEDT 2020

On 10/29/20 9:52 PM, Ed Tanous wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 8:47 AM Ratan Gupta <ratagupt at> wrote:
>> Hi Ed,
>> I was having issues in getting the logs from bmcweb repo, If I don't
>> define the compiler flag(BMCWEB_ENABLE_LOGGING) then it doesn't get me
>> any logs in journal(not even error log) and if I define the compiler
>> flag then it gets too much debug info.
> What's your limit for "too much"?

around 30+ traces for each Redfish request.If we enable the bmcweb 
logging, with that  journal is full of bmcweb traces.

>> Seems it happens because we have hardcoded the logelevel  and there is
>> no way through which we can change except making the change manually in
>> the following place.
>> Suggestion is we can define another compile time flag for log level and
>> use that log level at the above line for type of logging , by default
>> logging should be enabled with error log level.
> Thusfar, we don't really have a definition of what kind of detail
> should be included at each log level, nor are we consistent about
> setting the log levels.  If it's important to you, and you want to put
> together some patches, we certainly could define the log verbosity,
> but we'd also have to come up with better definitions for what level
> each log needs to take, and be more consistent about it.

We have different log levels in bmcweb like error, critical, info, 
debug, but what is missing is we don't have some compile time variable 
to control it( currently it is either full or none.)

> IMO, that level of log granularity was never that valuable to debug,
> my thought being that if I'm enabling logging I don't care about
> performance, so the more logs the better.  When reproducing a failure,
> there doesn't tend to be a lot of logging present, and it's easy
> enough to find what you want, but maybe you had a different
> experience?

Yes, I had a different experience in the recent bug where the failure 
was intermittent and it was happening only after running the regression, 
when I look into the log, not a single trace was there.Hence I thought 
that atleast the logs which is being marked as error(BMCWEB_LOG_ERROR) 
should have been written to the journal.

Say In production if we find some issue and we ask for the journal then 
journal will not be useful as it will not be having any traces to debug.

> Long term, my intent was to just get rid of the various verbosities,
> and make logging ON or OFF in the code, and downgrade to a single
> macro, but if you see a need, we could certainly go the other
> direction.
>> If there is a need user can play with new compiler flag for more verbose
>> logging.
> I don't personally see the need, but if it would help you, I don't
> think it adds much complexity to do it, and I'd be happy to review
> your patches.
Sure, I would be pushing the patch for the same.
>> Am I missing something in usage of logging infra?
>> Ratan
> Just to be clear, you're using logging in a debug context, correct?
> If we're trying to use this to define an access log, that's a very
> different problem space, and the existing logging infrastructure would
> be poorly suited for it.

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