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Basic logging commands for Linux shell scripts
#!/bin/bash
##
## Simple logging mechanism for Bash
##
## Author: Michael Wayne Goodman <goodman.m.w@gmail.com>
## Thanks: Jul for the idea to add a datestring. See:
## http://www.goodmami.org/2011/07/simple-logging-in-bash-scripts/#comment-5854
## Thanks: @gffhcks for noting that inf() and debug() should be swapped,
## and that critical() used $2 instead of $1
##
## License: Public domain; do as you wish
##
exec 3>&2 # logging stream (file descriptor 3) defaults to STDERR
verbosity=3 # default to show warnings
silent_lvl=0
crt_lvl=1
err_lvl=2
wrn_lvl=3
inf_lvl=4
dbg_lvl=5
notify() { log $silent_lvl "NOTE: $1"; } # Always prints
critical() { log $crt_lvl "CRITICAL: $1"; }
error() { log $err_lvl "ERROR: $1"; }
warn() { log $wrn_lvl "WARNING: $1"; }
inf() { log $inf_lvl "INFO: $1"; } # "info" is already a command
debug() { log $dbg_lvl "DEBUG: $1"; }
log() {
if [ $verbosity -ge $1 ]; then
datestring=`date +'%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S'`
# Expand escaped characters, wrap at 70 chars, indent wrapped lines
echo -e "$datestring $2" | fold -w70 -s | sed '2~1s/^/ /' >&3
fi
}
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