Two questions about logging

Matthew Pounsett matt.pounsett at
Sat Jan 14 21:03:20 EST 2012

On Jan 12, 8:03 pm, K Richard Pixley <r... at> wrote:
> Here's the confusion.  Each log named __name__ is under the root logger.
>   If you want them all, then catch them all with the root logger.

Thanks!  I knew I was missing something obvious.  Between you and Jean-
Michael Pichavant I've figured out what I need to do here.

On Jan 11, 9:34 pm, Roy Smith <r... at> wrote:
> What I would do is log to syslog (logging.handlers.SysLogHandler) and
> let syslog worry about rotating log files.  Why reinvent the wheel?

I've also worked out what I need to reset file handles, although it
took a lot of reading in the various logging.Handler subclasses.  What
I needed isn't explicitly documented anywhere, but it turns out that
calling the close() method on a FileHandler instance does what I
need.  There's no method to re-open the handler, but the next call to
emit() will automatically re-open the file if it isn't already open.

The upshot is that this does the expected thing if you rename its log
file and then send the running script a HUP signal.

#!/usr/bin/env python

import logging
import signal
import time

logger = logging.getLogger()
lh = logging.FileHandler('./foo.log')
lh.setFormatter(logging.Formatter('%(asctime)s %(name)s: %(message)s',

def sighup(signum, frame):
    logger.error("handled {0}: {1}".format(signum, frame))

def main():
    signal.signal(signal.SIGHUP, sighup)
    while 1:
        logger.error('a message')

if __name__ == '__main__':

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