Logging on tasks

Previously, I talked about creating a custom logging event in order to log into a another file .

This post shows how to add a task-specific logger.

About logging in tasks

In a Symfony task, two logging methods are available :

  • sfTask::log($messages)
  • sfTask::logSection($section, $message, $size = null, $style = ‘INFO’)

Both can be called anywhere in your task class :

class myownTask extends sfBaseTask
  protected function execute($arguments = array(), $options = array())
    $this->logSection(‘myTask‘, $myobject->getName().‘ is doing fine‘, 1000);
    $this->log(array($myobject->getName(), ‘is doing fine‘));

Theses two methods are in fact shortcuts to a notify command for the ‘command.log’ event :

$this->dispatcher->notify(new sfEvent($this, 'command.log', $messages));

the registred method for the ‘command.log’ event is an intance of the sfCommandLogger class. This logger simply display its content to the STDOUT. It is responsible for all the verbose messages that you see after launching a Symfony task.

Adding a file logger to your task

You can easily register a new logger to the existing ‘command.log’ event :

class dostuffTask extends sfBaseTask
  protected function execute($arguments = array(), $options = array())
    // Enable logging only with the –go command option is set
    if ($options['go'])

      $file_logger = new sfFileLogger($this->dispatcher, array( 
        ’file=> $this->configuration->getRootDir()./log/dostuff.log‘
      $this->dispatcher->connect(‘command.log‘, array($file_logger, ‘listenToLogEvent‘));

Now, any output message of the task by calling a log() method will also be logged into your file, if you set the –go option :

$ symfony mytasks:dostuff --go

  1. John

    Hi Nicolas,

    Just wondered whether a variation on the above is required for sf1.2 ?

    I am currently getting “Fatal error: Call to a member function getRootDir() on a non-object” because of the line: file’ => $this->config->getRootDir().’/log/tasks.log’

    Any ideas?


    • nicolas.martin

      In a task, the name of the configuration property is ‘configuration’, not ‘config’.
      So try this instead :

      $file_logger = new sfFileLogger($this->dispatcher, array(
      ‘file’ => $this->configuration->getRootDir().’/log/dostuff.log’

      I fixed this typo error in the post.

  2. Steve S


    Do you know if you can log in code called by a task?

    My log statements are not printing out. It seems the context doesn’t get setup by the task.


    • nicolas.martin

      You can notify your log event from anywhere, using sfContext::getInstance()->getEventDispatcher()->notify()

      Instead of creating the logger in the task, you can move it to your ProjectConfiguration::setup() method.

      As this method comes early in the execution, the logger will be loaded and ready to be notified.

  3. Naresh


    This post helped me a lot ….

  1. 1 rpsblog.com » A week of symfony #85 (11->17 august 2008)

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