Log::Agent::Channel - ancestor class for all Log::Agent channels
@Log::Agent::Channel::XXX::ISA = qw(Log::Agent::Channel);
Log::Agent::Channel class is the root class from which all
Log::Agent channels inherit. It is a deferred class, meaning that it cannot be instantiated directly. All the deferred routines need to be implemented by its heirs to form a valid driver.
Internally, the various
Log::Agent::Driver objects create
Log::Agent::Channel instances for each logging channel defined at driver creation time. The channels are therefore architecturally hidden within
Log::Agent, since this module only provides redefined mappings for the various logxxx() routines (logerr(), logwarn(), logdie(), etc...).
However, this does not mean that channel classes cannot be used externally: the
Log::Agent::Logger extension makes
Log::Agent::Channel objects architecturally visible, thereby offering an application-level logging API that can be redirected to various places transparently for the application.
The following channels are currently made available by
Log::Agent. More channels can be defined by the
This channel writes logs to files, defined by their path or via a magical opening sequence such as "|cmd". See Log::Agent::Channel::File.
This channel writes logs to an already opened descriptor, as specified by its file handle: an IO::Handle object, or a GLOB reference such as \*FILE. See Log::Agent::Channel::Handle.
This channel redirects logs to the syslogd(8) daemon, which will then handle the dispatching to various logfiles, based on its own configuration. See Log::Agent::Channel::Syslog.
You need not read this section if you're only using
Log::Agent. However, if you wish to implement another channel, then this section might be of interest.
The following routines are deferred and therefore need to be defined by the heir:
Emit the log entry held in $logstring, at priority $priority. A trailing "\n" is added to the $logstring, if needed (i.e. if the physical entity does not do it already, like syslog does).
The $priority argument must be a valid syslog priority, i.e. one of the following strings: "emerg", "alert", "crit", "err", "warning", "notice", "info", "debug".
The $logstring may not really be a plain string. It can actually be a Log::Agent::Message object with an overloaded stringification routine, so the illusion should be complete.
Close the channel.
This is the creation routine. Its signature varies for each channel, naturally.
Raphael Manfredi <Raphael_Manfredi@pobox.com>