9.2 About Log Configuration File Paths and Contents

The log configuration file, oblog_config_wg.xml, is used to specify configuration details for WebGate logging (oblogs). You configure parameters that control WebGate log output in XML-based log files that can be edited with a plain text editor. Changes made to these files are effective immediately.

Details are in the following sections:

9.2.1 Log Configuration File Paths and Names

By default, WebGate logging is enabled and oblogs are generated in the Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) instance diagnostics directory: instance1/diagnostics/logs/OHS/ohs1/.

Each WebGate instance includes a log configuration file (oblog_config_wg.xml) where you can define what type of data is recorded in the log output. A log configuration file is distinct from the log output file. For details on log output files, see "Log Output"

The oblog_config_wg.xml file is updated when you edit to configure WebGate logging. For example, by setting a new log threshold level, changing a log file name, or filtering logs related to some modules and so on.

Log configuration, oblog_config_wg.xml, files reside in the following locations depending upon your WebGate version:

10g WebGates: Webgate_install_dir\oblix\config

11g WebGates: $WEBGATE_HOME or $ORACLE_HOME/webgate/ohs/config. The same oblog_config_wg.xml file is copied to the WebGate instance directory ($INSTANCE_HOME/webgate/config) when the WebGate instance is created The later is to be used when configuring logging.


Do not change the path to this file. If you install more than one instance, a log configuration file is installed for each instance. When configuring logging, oblog_config_wg.xml under $INSTANCE_HOME should be updated.

After installation, oblog_config_wg.xml and oblog_config_wg_original.xml both contain comments to help guide your editing.

Table 9-2 lists the names of the log configuration files. Do not change the names.

Table 9-2 Log Configuration File Names for Components

Component Log Configuration FIle Name



Access Manager SDK (custom Access Client)



Do not change the default path or name for any logging configuration file.

The oblog_config_wg.xml file can be edited using any text editor as long as you ensure that after the update the file is still valid XML. After updates to the file, changes will take affect in about 60 seconds.

9.2.2 Log Configuration File Contents

The configuration file controls log items such as file rotation intervals and it contains XML statements that you can edit in a text editor.

The log configuration file controls items such as the following:

  • What is logged for that component

  • Where the data is sent

  • In certain cases, the size of the write buffer used for the log

  • Log file rotation intervals When Changes to the File Take Effect

A watcher thread picks up changes to the log configuration file every 60 seconds and ensures that changes take effect. It is unnecessary to restart the server. Comments in the Log File

Each default log configuration file contains comments that are intended to assist with editing the file.

See Also:

The log configuration file on your system.

The commented default configuration file is shown here:

Comments can span one or multiple lines. Comments look similar to the following:

<!--NetPoint Logging Configuration File                            -->
<!--                                                               -->
<!--Changes to this file will be automatically taken into  effect  -->
<!--in one minute. This does not require any server restart.       -->

Following example shows a typical log configuration file with comments.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?>
<!--============================================================   -->
<!--============================================================   -->
<!--NetPoint Logging Configuration File                            -->
<!--                                                               -->
<!--Changes to this file will be automatically taken into  effect  -->
<!--in one minute. This does not require any server restart.       -->
<!--                                                               -->
<!--============================================================   -->
<!--============================================================   -->
<!--Set the Log Threshold                                          -->
<!--The log Threshold determines the amount of information to log. -->
<!--Selecting a lower level of logging includes the information    -->
<!--logged at the higher levels. For example, LOGLEVEL_ERROR       -->
<!--includes the information collected at LOGLEVEL_FATAL.          -->
<!--Choices are:                                                   -->
<!--LOGLEVEL_FATAL - serious error, possibly a program halt.       -->
<!--LOGLEVEL_ERROR - a transient or self-correcting problem.       -->
<!--LOGLEVEL_WARNING - a problem that does not cause an error.     -->
<!--LOGLEVEL_INFO - reports the current state of the component.    -->
<!--LOGLEVEL_DEBUG1 - basic debugging information.                 -->
<!--LOGLEVEL_DEBUG2 - advanced debugging information.              -->
<!--LOGLEVEL_DEBUG3 - logs performance-sensitive code.             -->
<!--LOGLEVEL_TRACE - used when you need to trace the code path     -->
<!--execution or capture metrics. Includes all previous levels.    -->
<!--                                                               -->
<!--If you do not specify a threshold, the default is WARNING.     -->
<!--                                                               -->
<!--In addition to specifying a threshold, you need to specify     -->
<!--if changes that you make to the logging configuration in       -->
<!--the NetPoint GUI overwrite the settings in this file. The      -->
<!--AutoSync parameter accomplishes this. This parameter takes a   -->
<!--value of True or False. If set to True, changes made in the    -->
<!--GUI overwrite changes in this config file. If False, changes   -->
<!--made in the GUI are only in effect until the server is         -->
<!--stopped or restarted, after which the settings in this file    -->
<!--overwrite the GUI settings. The default is True.               -->
<!--                                                               --> 
<!--                                                               --> 
<CompoundList xmlns="http://www.oblix.com" ListName="logframework.xml.staging"> 
   <NameValPair ParamName="LOG_THRESHOLD_LEVEL" Value="LOGLEVEL_WARNING" /> 
   <NameValPair ParamName="AUTOSYNC" Value="True" /> 
   <!-- SECURE_LOGGING flag can be used to turn on/off Secure Logging -->   <!-- feature. By defalut this feature is tunred on.                --> 
   <NameValPair ParamName="SECURE_LOGGING" Value="On" /> 
   <!-- In addition to specifying a log threshold, you need to       --> 
   <!-- configure log level for which Secure Logging should be       --> 
   <!-- applicable.Choices for this can be used same as that of      --> 
   <!-- LOG_THRESHOLD_LEVEL. Secure log threshold can be set using   --> 
   <!-- LOG_SECURITY_THRESHOLD_LEVEL flag. Default value for Secure  --> 
   <!-- log threshold is TRACE.                                    --> 
    Value="LOGLEVEL_TRACE" /> 
   <!-- LOG_SECURITY_ESCAPE_CHARS is used to configure escape sequence --> 
   <!-- characters. This can be used to avoid additional information   --> 
   <!-- getting overwritten due to Secure Logging mechanism. Currently --> 
   <!-- following characters have been identified as escape sequence.  --> 
   <!-- Configuring inappropriate characters may lead to sensitive     --> 
   <!-- information being unmasked.                                    --> 
   <NameValPair ParamName="LOG_SECURITY_ESCAPE_CHARS" Value="),]" /> 
   <!-- LOG_SECURITY_MASK_LENGTH is used to specify default masking    --> 
   <!-- length if none is specified in FILTER_LIST.                    --> 
   <!-- Default value for LOG_SECURITY_MASK_LENGTH is 300.             --> 
   <NameValPair ParamName="LOG_SECURITY_MASK_LENGTH" Value="300" /   >
<!--                                                               -->
<!--                                                               -->
<!--============================================================   -->
<!--============================================================   -->
<!--Configure the Log Level                                        -->
<!--                                                               -->
<!--                                                               -->
<!--To configure a log level, you specify a name for the           -->
<!--configuration (for instance, MyErrorLog1) and                  -->
<!--the log level that you are configuring. You can create         -->
<!--more than one configuration per log level if you want          -->
<!--to output to more than one destination. You can output to      -->
<!--the system log or to a file, as specified on                   -->
<!--the LOG_WRITER parameter. The value for the LOG_WRITER         -->
<!--parameter may only be SysLogWriter, FileLogWriter or           -->
<!--MPFileLogWriter. The MPFileLogWriter is a multi-process safe   -->
<!--FileLogWriter. It should be used to log in webcomponents i.e   -->
<!--Webgate loaded on multiprocess     -->
<!--webservers like Apache and IPlanet(UNIX)                       -->
<!--                                                               -->
<!--If you do not specify an output destination, the default is    -->
<!--SysLogWriter.                                                  -->
<!--                                                               -->
<!--If outputting to a file, you also specify a file name and      -->
<!--other parameters. Default parameter values are:                -->
<!--FILE_NAME: <installdir>/oblix/log/oblog.log                    -->
<!--BUFFER_SIZE: 32767 (number of bytes)                           -->
<!--MAX_ROTATION_SIZE: 5242880 (bytes, equivalent to 5MB)          -->
<!--MAX_ROTATION_TIME: 86400 (seconds, equivalent to one day)      -->
<!--                                                               -->
<!--Configuring the log level does not ensure that the data is     -->
<!--actually collected. Data collection for a log is               -->
<!--determined by the LOG_THRESHOLD_LEVEL parameter, above,        -->
<!--and the LOG_STATUS parameter in the log configuration.         -->
<!--                                                               -->
<!--If you do not provide a LOG_STATUS, the default for            -->
<!--is On.                                                         -->
<!--This file contains several sample configurations that are      -->
<!--enclosed in comments. To use them, remove the comments.        -->
<!--                                                               --> 
   <CompoundList xmlns="http://www.oblix.com" ListName="LOG_CONFIG">
    <!--Write all FATAL logs to the system logger. --> 
    <ValNameList xmlns="http://www.oblix.com" ListName="LogFatal2Sys"> 
      <NameValPair ParamName="LOG_LEVEL" Value="LOGLEVEL_FATAL" /> 
      <NameValPair ParamName="LOG_WRITER" Value="SysLogWriter" /> 
      <NameValPair ParamName="LOG_STATUS" Value="On" /> 
    <!--Write all logs to the Oracle log file.                     --> 
    <ValNameList xmlns="http://www.oblix.com" ListName="LogAll2File"> 
      <NameValPair ParamName="LOG_LEVEL" Value="LOGLEVEL_ALL" /> 
      <NameValPair ParamName="LOG_WRITER" Value="FileLogWriter" /> 
      <NameValPair ParamName="FILE_NAME" Value="oblog.log" /> 
      <!-- Buffer up to 64 KB (expressed in bytes) of log entries before         flushing to the file.     --> 
      <NameValPair ParamName="BUFFER_SIZE" Value="65535" />
      <!--Rotate the log file once it exceeds 50 MB (expressed in bytes). --> 
      <NameValPair ParamName="MAX_ROTATION_SIZE" Value="52428800" />
      <!--Rotate the log file after 24 hours (expressed in seconds). --> 
      <NameValPair ParamName="MAX_ROTATION_TIME" Value="86400" /> 
      <NameValPair ParamName="LOG_STATUS" Value="On" /> 
<!--  List of values that can be specified in the module config      -->
<!--                                                                 -->
<!--  On - Uses loglevel set in the loglevel threshold               -->
<!--  Off - No information is logged                                 -->
<!--  LOGLEVEL_FATAL - serious error, possibly a program halt.       -->
<!--  LOGLEVEL_ERROR - a transient or self-correcting problem.       -->
<!--  LOGLEVEL_WARNING - a problem that does not cause an error.     -->
<!--  LOGLEVEL_INFO - reports the current state of the component.    -->
<!--  LOGLEVEL_DEBUG1 - basic debugging information.                 -->
<!--  LOGLEVEL_DEBUG2 - advanced debugging information.              -->
<!--  LOGLEVEL_DEBUG3 - logs performance-sensitive code.             -->
<!--  LOGLEVEL_TRACE - used when you need to trace the code path     -->
<!--  execution or capture metrics. Includes all previous levels.    -->
<!--                                                                 -->
<!--  List of modules that can be specified in the module config     -->
<!--                                                                 -->
<!--  ALL_MODULES - Applies to all log modules                       -->
<!--  Specific module name - Applies to specific module              -->
<!--                                                                 -->
<!--                                                                 -->
<!--    <ValNameList                                                 -->
<!--        xmlns="http://www.oblix.com"                             -->
<!--        ListName="MODULE_CONFIG">                                -->
<!--        <NameValPair                                             -->
<!--            ParamName="CONNECTIVITY"                             -->
<!--            Value="LOGLEVEL_TRACE"></NameValPair>                -->
<!--    </ValNameList>                                               --><!--   <!--FILTER_LIST is used to maintain list of attributes which need         --> 
<!-- to be treated as sensitive and hence will be filtered out from   --> 
<!-- from logs. FILTER_LIST consist of all attribute names along      --> 
<!-- with corresponding masking lengths.There should be separate      --> 
<!-- entry in the list for the display name of the attribute          --> 
<!-- identified as sensitive. All attributes configured are case      -->
<!-- sensitive i.e. if we configured sensitive attribute homePhone    --> 
<!-- as HomePhone then it will not get filtered out from logs.        --> 
<!-- By default four attributes (password, Password, response and     --> 
<!-- Response) are configured as sensitive                            --> 
<!-- A sample configuration is shown below                            --> 

<!-- <ValNameList                                                    --> 
<!--    xmlns="http://www.oblix.com"                                 --> 
<!--    ListName="FILTER_LIST">                                      -->
<!--    <NameValPair                                                 -->
<!--      ParamName="password"                                       -->
<!--      Value="40"></NameValPair>                                  -->
<!--    <NameValPair                                                 -->
<!--      ParamName="Password"                                       -->
<!--      Value="40"></NameValPair>                                  -->
<!--    <NameValPair                                                 -->
<!--      ParamName="response"                                       -->
<!--      Value="40"></NameValPair>                                  -->
<!--     <NameValPair                                                -->
<!--      ParamName="Response"                                       -->
<!--      Value="40"></NameValPair>                                  -->
<!--    <NameValPair                                                 -->
<!--      ParamName="homePhone"                                      -->
<!--      Value="40"></NameValPair>                                  -->
<!--  </ValNameList>                                                 --> 
  <ValNameList xmlns="http://www.oblix.com" ListName="FILTER_LIST">
    <NameValPair ParamName="password" Value="40" />
    <NameValPair ParamName="Password" Value="40" />
    <NameValPair ParamName="passwd" Value="40" />
    <NameValPair ParamName="Passwd" Value="40" />
    <NameValPair ParamName="response" Value="40" />
    <NameValPair ParamName="Response" Value="40" />