This might be an odd question. In my shop i have a module which writes a lot to my system.log. The developers told me to ignore it but i like my log to be clean for other things. I'm not allowed to change this module's code by a contract otherwise i could easily put this in a different log.

Is there a way by using the observer perhaps to detect log input from this specific module and intercept it and write it to another log file.

p.s. these messages are always the same and popup hundreds of times, so i could check for certain text in this message to detect and rewrite to another log.

Thanks in advance, im really curious about this one.

  • Are you allowed to modify Mage::log()? If so, use debug_backtrace to get the caller and filter on module path.
    – user4351
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 11:39
  • Yes i'm allowed to do that. Thanks for the tip i'll try some things with that. I'll let you know if i made some progress here.
    – FROSIT
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 15:24

2 Answers 2


This custom logger is an example that distinguishs between modules: https://github.com/jayelkaake/logmanager

Currently it can only disable logging per module (as by your description, this might be what you want), but you should be able to build upon it to use different files.

For example, adding

$this->_stream = fopen(Mage::getBaseDir('var') . DS . 'log' . DS . $moduleKey '.log');


return parent::_write($event);

would log everything to {$moduleName}.log. Downside: no distinction between exception.log, system.log and others anymore.


You actually can, from Mage.php

$writerModel = (string)self::getConfig()->getNode('global/log/core/writer_model');

So create a custom module, extend Zend_Log_Writer_Stream and add the next lines to your config.xml


The method ->write($message) is called. You could add your filter here.

You could something like:

 * @var string
protected $_lastMessage;

 * @var int
protected $_messageCounter;

 * Write a message to the log.
 * @param  array  $event  event data
 * @return void
 * @throws Zend_Log_Exception
protected function _write($event)
    $line = $this->_formatter->format($event);

    if ($this->_lastMessage == $line) {
        // Same line, do nothing, stop flooding
    } else {

        // Check if a notice for repeated message should be added
        if ($this->_messageCounter > 1 && $this->_lastMessage) {
            if (false === @fwrite($this->_stream, sprintf("Last message repeated %s times", $this->_messageCounter))) {
                throw new Zend_Log_Exception("Unable to write to stream");

        // Update counter and last message
        $this->_lastMessage = $line;
        $this->_messageCounter = 1;

    if (false === @fwrite($this->_stream, $line)) {
        #require_once 'Zend/Log/Exception.php';
        throw new Zend_Log_Exception("Unable to write to stream");

This way you keep your core code clean.

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