Logging module gives duplicate log entries

Peter Otten __peter__ at web.de
Wed Aug 22 09:05:59 CEST 2007


Shiao wrote:

> Maybe my question wasn't very clear. What I meant is that these four
> lines lead in my case to two entries per logged event:
> 
> applog = logging.getLogger()
> applog.setLevel(logging.DEBUG)
> hdl = logging.FileHandler('/tmp/foo.log')
> applog.addHandler(hdl)
> 
> However if I REPLACE the above by:
> 
> logging.basicConfig(level=logging.DEBUG, filename='/tmp/foo.log')
> 
> things work as expected.

Then you have a logic error in your program that causes that piece of code
to run twice (I simulate that by the for-loop):

$ python
Python 2.5.1 (r251:54863, May  2 2007, 16:56:35)
[GCC 4.1.2 (Ubuntu 4.1.2-0ubuntu4)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import logging
>>> for i in range(2):
...     logging.getLogger().addHandler(logging.StreamHandler())
...
>>> logging.warn("twice")
twice
twice

logging.basicConfig() on the other hand does nothing if it finds existing
handlers:

$ python
Python 2.5.1 (r251:54863, May  2 2007, 16:56:35)
[GCC 4.1.2 (Ubuntu 4.1.2-0ubuntu4)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import logging
>>> for i in range(2):
...     logging.basicConfig()
...
>>> logging.warn("once")
WARNING:root:once

Peter




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