Posted by: lrrp | October 3, 2007

Log4j, Wicket, Tomcat, and NetBeans IDE

I’m getting acquainted with Wicket (which I blogged about here). In doing so, I encountered some problems and got a few responses from Wicket’s mailing list. Someone suggested that I use Log4j to debug my issues, and so — for the first time — I used Log4j today. So here, as a reminder to myself and possibly of benefit to others, is what I did to use Log4j for debugging a Wicket application deployed over Tomcat from NetBeans IDE:

  1. Stop the running Tomcat instance. (In the IDE’s Runtime window.)
  2. Download Commons Logging and copy the JAR to Tomcat’s common/lib folder.
  3. Download Log4j and copy the JAR to Tomcat’s common/lib folder.
  4. Create a log4j.properties file in Tomcat’s common/classes folder. Make sure it contains the following line:
    log4j.logger.wicket.util.resource=DEBUG

    The above line is only for the resource package. To enable debugging for all the Wicket packages, use this instead:

    log4j.logger.wicket=DEBUG

    This is my log4j.properties file. Make sure that you change the log4j.appender.R.File property to point to logs/tomcat.log file in Tomcat’s base directory (which is inside the NetBeans IDE user directory).

  5. Deploy the Wicket application. (In the IDE’s Projects window.)
  6. Go to the logs/tomcat.log file in Tomcat’s base directory and, if errors have been picked up, note that there are lines such as the following:
    2005-07-02 20:41:25,140 [http-8084-Processor23]
    DEBUG wicket.util.resource.locator.ResourceStreamLocator -
    Attempting to locate resource 'wicket/examples/navomatic/Page1.html'
    on path [folders = [\], webapppaths: []]

Finally, I’ve found this document to be very helpful in setting up Log4j for Tomcat: Logging for Apache Tomcat and Velocity using Log4j

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