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Riker provides logging out of the box which is built on top of the Log crate logging facade. The logger module starts during the actor system's start, making log macros such as info!, debug!, error! available immediately after ActorSystem::new:

extern crate log;

let sys = ActorSystem::new().unwrap();
info!("My first log message!");

The only requirement is importing the Log crate into your application.

Base log level

The base log level is the level at which the Log crate's macros determine whether to ignore a message or forward it to the logger module. This is configured in riker.toml:

level = "debug"

Default logger

Log messages will be routed to the logging module configured in the model. The rest of this page refers primarily to the default Riker logger, the riker-logger crate.

Since the default logger is an actor log messages are handled concurrently, in a non-blocking manner. This means the impact of logging on an application's response time is reduced.

The default logger has the following features:

  • Log entry format is configurable using named parameters
  • Date and time formats can be configured
  • Log entries can be further filtered at the module level
  • An optional filter can be configured to omit logs from certain modules

Let's take a look at an example log configuration in riker.toml:

# max level to log
level = "debug"

# Uncomment this to enable filters on the logger.  The {module} field
# of every log line will be checked, and if the {module} field contains
# any item in this list, the entire log line will be omitted from the
# logging output.
# This example will omit any logging output from any module with
# "test" in the name and any module whose name contains "debug".
filter = [ "test", "debug" ]

# log format to use
# correlates to format!(log_format, date=, time=, level=, module=, body=);
# since named parameters are used the order of the fields is flexible
# the formatting of each field can be changed also
# e.g. to completely hide a field: {module:.0}
# See:

# {date}    the calendar day
# {time}    the calendar time
# {level}   the level for the entry
# {module}  the module path originating the entry
# {body}    the message body
log_format = "{date} {time} {level} [{module}] {body}"
date_format = "%Y-%m-%d"
time_format = "%H:%M:%S%:z"

This configuration will produce log entries formatted like:

2018-06-11 08:31:58+00:00 DEBUG [riker::system::system] Actor system started
2018-06-11 08:31:58+00:00 DEBUG [main] My first log message!

and the log lines which would have otherwise been printed:

2018-06-11 08:31:58+00:00 DEBUG [testSystem] A test line which should be filtered out!
2018-06-11 08:31:58+00:00 DEBUG [debug] A debugger module's log message

will be omitted from the log output.