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Configuring SimpleSAMLphp Logging

Configure SimpleSAMLphp Logging

Configuring SimpleSAMLphp Logging

Unfortunately, the SimpleSAMLphp documentation is a bit lacking in this area, so I thought it would be useful to document how to configure the various logging options with SimpleSAMLphp. Since SSP is actively maintained, it's worth noting that this document was prepared with SimpleSAMLphp 1.17.7 which is likely to NOT be the latest version available, even though it is at the time this document was created.

Note: All files will be referenced with respect to $SSP_DIR which in a typical install is /var/simplesamlphp:

Logging to Files

By default, SimpleSAMLphp comes with the syslog facility enabled in $SSP_DIR/config/config.php at the NOTICE level:

'logging.level' => SimpleSAML\Logger::NOTICE,
'logging.handler' => 'syslog',

However, this is not so convenient for practical debugging, where you most likely want to log to files, in this case you should specify:

'logging.handler' => 'file',

in which case SSP will write logs to the file simplesamlphp.log in the directory specified earlier within the same configuration file:

'loggingdir' => 'log/',

which defaults to $SSP_DIR/log.

Rotation

SimpleSAMLphp won't automatically perform rotation of the simplesamlphp.log file... so you must do it manually with a tool such as logrotate. For a quick example, after installing logrotate if you add the following to /etc/logrotate.d/simplesamlphp:

/var/simplesamlphp/log/simplesamlphp.log {
  daily
  missingok
  notifempty
  copytruncate
  dateext
  rotate 30
}

The logfile /var/simplesamlphp/log/simplesamlphp.log will rotate daily for 30 days.

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