Log format customization

If the default formatting used for the log file does not suits your needs (for instance if you use Fail2ban, you need a specific time format), you can override the default log configuration file.

Here are the required steps.

Step 1

Extract the log-config.xml configuration file from the Ubooquity.jar file. You can do that with any archive management software, as a “.jar” file is only a zip file with a different name.

Step 2

Modify the log-config.xml configuration file to get the log format you want.

Let’s say you want to change the way the date is displayed. A Ubooquity log line withe the default settings looks like that:

20140623 19:20:59.178 [main] INFO com.ubooquity.Ubooquity - Starting Ubooquity

We are going to change the configuration to get:

[Mon Jun 23 19:20:59 2014] [INFO][main] com.ubooquity.Ubooquity - Starting Ubooquity

You can do that by replacing the following configuration line in the log-config.xml file:

<pattern>%d{yyyyMMdd HH:mm:ss} [%thread] %-5level %logger{36} - %msg%n</pattern>


<pattern>[%d{EEE MMM d HH:mm:ss yyyy}] [%-5level][%thread] %logger{36} - %msg%n</pattern>

Be careful, there are two lines to replace (twice the same). You can find here a table explaining how the date patterns work.
If you want complete control of your logs, take a look at the Logback configuration documentation.

Step 3

Modify your starting script to force the use of your new configuration at startup.
Your configuration file must be placed in your Ubooquity working directory (the directory where ubooquity creates its own folders, database and prederences files) or it will be ignored.
Add the -Dlogback.configurationFile parameter with the absolute path to your configuration file:

java -Dlogback.configurationFile=/home/pi/ubooquity/log-config.xml -jar Ubooquity.jar

Step 4

Run Ubooquity.