Logging is fun. We all want to be lumberjacks. My muscle-memory wants to put print statements everywhere, but it’s better to use log.debug instead. print statements make mod_wsgi sad, and they’re not much use in production. Plus, django-debug-toolbar can hijack the logger and show all the log statements generated during the last request. When DEBUG = True, all logs will be printed to the development console where you started the server. In production, we’re piping everything into syslog.


The root logger is set up from log_settings.py in the src/olympia/lib directory of addons-server. It sets up sensible defaults, but you can twiddle with these settings:


This setting is required, and defaults to logging.DEBUG, which will let just about anything pass through. To reconfigure, import logging in your settings file and pick a different level:

import logging
LOG_LEVEL = logging.WARN
Set this to False if you don’t want logging sent to syslog when DEBUG is False.

See PEP 391 and log_settings.py for formatting help. Each section of LOGGING will get merged into the corresponding section of log_settings.py. Handlers and log levels are set up automatically based on LOG_LEVEL and DEBUG unless you set them here. Messages will not propagate through a logger unless propagate: True is set.

    'loggers': {
        'caching': {'handlers': ['null']},

If you want to add more to this in local_settings.py, do something like this:

    'z.paypal': {
        'level': logging.DEBUG,
    'z.es': {
        'handlers': ['null'],

Using Loggers

The olympia.core.logger package uses global objects to make the same logging configuration available to all code loaded in the interpreter. Loggers are created in a pseudo-namespace structure, so app-level loggers can inherit settings from a root logger. olympia’s root namespace is just "z", in the interest of brevity. In the caching package, we create a logger that inherits the configuration by naming it "z.caching":

import olympia.core.logger

log = olympia.core.logger.getLogger('z.caching')

log.debug("I'm in the caching package.")

Logs can be nested as much as you want. Maintaining log namespaces is useful because we can turn up the logging output for a particular section of olympia without becoming overwhelmed with logging from all other parts.

olympia.core.logging vs. logging

olympia.core.logger.getLogger should be used everywhere. It returns a LoggingAdapter that inserts the current user’s IP address and username into the log message. For code that lives outside the request-response cycle, it will insert empty values, keeping the message formatting the same.

Complete logging docs: http://docs.python.org/library/logging.html