Writing output to your own log file
Thu Feb 02, 2017 · 287 words

Not able to trace issue in production environment? There are many ways to do so, XDEBUG is one of preferred way to debug php website remotely. However, installing and configuring it can be a lengthy process, Specially when web hosting is not in your control. In order to fix the issue in one of my client’s website, I came up with a solution where I can output desired part of code in my own log file. Well, It is not a perpetual solution but it does the trick.

Writing your own log file

function custom_logs($message) { 
    if(is_array($message)) { 
        $message = json_encode($message); 
    $file = fopen("../custom_logs.log","a"); 
    echo fwrite($file, "\n" . date('Y-m-d h:i:s') . " :: " . $message); 
custom_logs("Hey! I am in a header");
$array_value = array("foo","bar");
2017-02-01 09:41:49 :: Hey! I am in a header
2017-02-01 09:41:49 :: ["foo","bar"]
2017-02-01 11:14:19 :: Hey! I am in a header
2017-02-01 11:14:19 :: ["foo","bar"]
2017-02-01 07:10:32 :: Hey! I am in a header
2017-02-01 07:10:32 :: ["foo","bar"]

Congratulations, you have just created your own log file. I am sure this is one of the compelling thing to do as a developer!

I hope this is useful to a few of you. There is always an room for improvements. Leave a note in the comments if you have any cool tricks for writing log file. I’m always on the lookout for fun hacks.

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