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Module Summary

A disk_log based handler for Logger


This is a handler for Logger that offers circular (wrapped) logs by using disk_log. Multiple instances of this handler can be added to Logger, and each instance prints to its own disk log file, created with the name and settings specified in the handler configuration.

The default standard handler, logger_std_h, can be replaced by a disk_log handler at startup of the Kernel application. See an example of this below.

The handler has an overload protection mechanism that keeps the handler process and the Kernel application alive during high loads of log events. How overload protection works, and how to configure it, is described in the User's Guide.

To add a new instance of the disk_log handler, use logger:add_handler/3. The handler configuration argument is a map which can contain general configuration parameters, as documented in the User's Guide, and handler specific parameters. The specific data is stored in a sub map with the key config, and can contain the following parameters:


This is the full name of the disk log file. The option corresponds to the name property in the dlog_option() datatype.


This is the disk log type, wrap or halt. The option corresponds to the type property in the dlog_option() datatype.

Defaults to wrap.


This is the maximum number of files that disk_log uses for its circular logging. The option corresponds to the MaxNoFiles element in the size property in the dlog_option() datatype.

Defaults to 10.

The setting has no effect on a halt log.


This is the maximum number of bytes that is written to a log file before disk_log proceeds with the next file in order, or generates an error in case of a full halt log. The option corresponds to the MaxNoBytes element in the size property in the dlog_option() datatype.

Defaults to 1048576 bytes for a wrap log, and infinity for a halt log.


This value, in milliseconds, specifies how often the handler does a disk_log sync operation to write buffered data to disk. The handler attempts the operation repeatedly, but only performs a new sync if something has actually been logged.

Defaults to 5000 milliseconds.

If no_repeat is set as value, the repeated sync operation is disabled. The user can also call the filesync/1 function to perform a disk_log sync.

Other configuration parameters exist, to be used for customizing the overload protection behaviour. The same parameters are used both in the standard handler and the disk_log handler, and are documented in the User's Guide.

Notice that when changing the configuration of the handler in runtime, the disk_log options (file, type, max_no_files, max_no_bytes) must not be modified.

Example of adding a disk_log handler:

logger:add_handler(my_disk_log_h, logger_disk_log_h,
                   #{config => #{file => "./my_disk_log",
                                 type => wrap,
                                 max_no_files => 4,
                                 max_no_bytes => 10000},
                                 filesync_repeat_interval => 1000}}).

To use the disk_log handler instead of the default standard handler when starting an Erlang node, change the Kernel default logger to use logger_disk_log_h. Example:

erl -kernel logger '[{handler,default,logger_disk_log_h,
                      #{config => #{file => "./system_disk_log"}}}]'


filesync(Name) -> ok | {error, Reason}


Write buffered data to disk.

See Also

logger(3), logger_std_h(3), disk_log(3)

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