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Troubleshooting with the orbeon.log
When you get an unexpected behavior, like an error message for Form Builder or when running a form, you can often find more information about what went wrong in an Orbeon Forms log file generally referred to as
orbeon.log. To check this log:
- 1.Find where your
orbeon.logis located. Out-of-the-box, it is written in
../logs/orbeon.log, relative to the current directory at the time you're starting your servlet container or application server. For instance, if you're starting Tomcat from it
bindirectory, the log file will be in Tomcat's
logsdirectory. If you can't find the
orbeon.log, or would like it to be created in a different location, in Orbeon Forms edit the
WEB-INF/resouces/config/log4j.xml, locate the
SingleFileAppender, and in
<param name="File" value="../logs/orbeon.log"/>replace
../logs/orbeon.logwith the location where you'd like the
orbeon.logto be stored. Using an absolute path, like
/opt/tomcat/logs/orbeon.logis often a good idea.
- 2.Update the Orbeon Forms
WEB-INF/resouces/config/properties-local.xmlper the development configuration. This will increase the amount of information logged by Orbeon Forms, and it is generally a good idea to keep that configuration in place for as long as you are developing forms or troubleshooting a problem.
- 3.On Linux or macOS, run
tail -f orbeon.logso you can watch information appended to the
orbeon.log. On Windows, you can use a tool like LogExpert (download). Reproduce the problem, at the same time watching your
orbeon.log, and see if any error is being reported. If so analyze the error message, and see if this helps you find the source of the problem.
- 4.If you can't seem to find the source of the problem based on what you are seeing in your
orbeon.log, when reporting a problem, it is a good idea to submit your
orbeon.logwith your report. To minimize the size of the file, stop your servlet container or application server (e.g. Tomcat), delete your
orbeon.log, restart your servlet container or application server, reproduce the problem, and send the
orbeon.logyou have right after reproducing the issue.