I see several thousand lines of this when I start Tomcat on Windows 2000 Pro. Is there a way to turn this off?

Terry Laurenzo

45866 [main] DEBUG org.apache.commons.di
gester.Digester.sax  - startElement(,,extension)
45866 [main] DEBUG org.apache.commons.digester.Digester  -   Pushing body text '
45866 [main] DEBUG org.apache.commons.digester.Digester  -   New match='web-app/mime-mapping/extension'
45866 [main] DEBUG org.apache.commons.digester.Digester  -   Fire begin() for CallParamRule[paramIndex=0, attributeName=null]
45866 [main] DEBUG org.apache.commons.digester.Digester.sax  - characters(dtd)
45876 [main] DEBUG org.apache.commons.digester.Digester.sax  - endElement(,,extension)
45876 [main] DEBUG org.apache.commons.digester.Digester  -   match='web-app/mime-mapping/extension'
45876 [main] DEBUG org.apache.commons.digester.Digester  -   bodyText='dtd'
45876 [main] DEBUG org.apache.commons.digester.Digester  -   Fire body() for CallParamRule[paramIndex=0, attributeName=null]
45876 [main] DEBUG org.apache.commons.digester.Digester  -   Popping body text '
45876 [main] DEBUG org.apache.commons.digester.Digester  -   Fire end() for CallParamRule[paramIndex=0, attributeName=null]
45876 [main] DEBUG org.apache.commons.digester.Digester.sax  - ignorableWhitespace(
 The digester class that tomcat uses to process its config files output an unholy amount of debug information through log4j. I am guessing that you enabled log4j debugging for your webapps and are now seeing the internal logs for Tomcat. You have two options:
  • First, you can move log4j into your webapp. Since this will be loaded as part of its own classloader, it should not get the Tomcat internal stuff. If you want a global log4j config for all webapps, you can probably put the jar in shared/lib.
  • Second, you can disable debug logging for specific categories(or globally) that are causing you grief. To disable debug logging globablly, in your log4j config file (specified with -Dlof4j.configuration=file:log4j.properties or the log4j.properties file on the classpath), add the line
    To disable it for a specific category:
    If you are using an old version of log4j, the property names change a bit. I think that log4j.logger is changed to log4j.category and log4j.threshold is changed to log4j.priority, but I can't quite remember.