I want to programmaticly discover if the Magento exception log and system log are enabled. In what config file would I look? For what value?

Thank you

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You can get if the log is enabled like this:


If you get 1 then the log is enabled.
As a side note...
if you want to force a log even if the logging is not enabled you can do this:

Mage::log('Message to log', null, 'file_to_log.log', true);

The 4th parameter true, makes magento not care if the log is enabled or not. It will log anyway.

  • But what is the config file that stores that information. I just want to grep it from the config file.
    – menders65
    Sep 19, 2014 at 7:10
  • @menders65. There is no config file. The config in magento is composed of various things. It might be a file but it might be a db entry. See here how the config is composed: magento.stackexchange.com/a/29839/146
    – Marius
    Sep 19, 2014 at 7:13
  • normally log appears in var/log/system.log or var/log/exception.log Sep 19, 2014 at 7:16

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