Log::Handler::Output::File - Log messages to a file.


    use Log::Handler::Output::File;

    my $log = Log::Handler::Output::File->new(
        filename    => "file.log",
        filelock    => 1,
        fileopen    => 1,
        reopen      => 1,
        mode        => "append",
        autoflush   => 1,
        permissions => "0664",
        utf8        => 0,

    $log->log(message => $message);


Log messages to a file.



Call new() to create a new Log::Handler::Output::File object.

The following options are possible:


With filename you can set a file name as a string or as a array reference. If you set a array reference then the parts will be concat with catfile from File::Spec.

Set a file name:

    my $log = Log::Handler::Output::File->new( filename => "file.log"  );

Set a array reference:

    my $log = Log::Handler::Output::File->new(

        # foo/bar/baz.log
        filename => [ "foo", "bar", "baz.log" ],

        # /foo/bar/baz.log
        filename => [ "", "foo", "bar", "baz.log" ],


Maybe it's desirable to lock the log file by each write operation because a lot of processes write at the same time to the log file. You can set the option filelock to 0 or 1.

    0 - no file lock
    1 - exclusive lock (LOCK_EX) and unlock (LOCK_UN) by each write operation (default)

Open a log file transient or permanent.

    0 - open and close the logfile by each write operation
    1 - open the logfile if C<new()> called and try to reopen the
        file if C<reopen> is set to 1 and the inode of the file has changed (default)

This option works only if option fileopen is set to 1.

    0 - deactivated
    1 - try to reopen the log file if the inode changed (default)
How to use fileopen and reopen

Please note that it's better to set reopen and fileopen to 0 on Windows because Windows unfortunately haven't the faintest idea of inodes.

To write your code independent you should control it:

    my $os_is_win = $^O =~ /win/i ? 0 : 1;

    my $log = Log::Handler::Output::File->new(
       filename => "file.log",
       mode     => "append",
       fileopen => $os_is_win

If you set fileopen to 0 then it implies that reopen has no importance.


There are three possible modes to open a log file.

    append - O_WRONLY | O_APPEND | O_CREAT (default)
    excl   - O_WRONLY | O_EXCL   | O_CREAT
    trunc  - O_WRONLY | O_TRUNC  | O_CREAT

append would open the log file in any case and appends the messages at the end of the log file.

excl would fail by open the log file if the log file already exists.

trunc would truncate the complete log file if it exists. Please take care to use this option.

Take a look to the documentation of sysopen() to get more information.

    0 - autoflush off
    1 - autoflush on (default)

The option permissions sets the permission of the file if it creates and must be set as a octal value. The permission need to be in octal and are modified by your process's current "umask".

That means that you have to use the unix style permissions such as chmod. 0640 is the default permission for this option. That means that the owner got read and write permissions and users in the same group got only read permissions. All other users got no access.

Take a look to the documentation of sysopen() to get more information.

utf8, utf-8
    utf8   =  binmode, $fh, ":utf8";
    utf-8  =  binmode, $fh, "encoding(utf-8)"; 

Yes, there is a difference.


It's possible to set a pattern in the filename that is replaced with a date. If the date - and the filename - changed the file is closed and reopened with the new filename. The filename is converted with POSIX::strftime.


    my $log = Log::Handler::Output::File->new(
        filename  => "file-%Y-%m-%d.log",
        dateext => 1

In this example the file file-2015-06-12.log is created. At the next day the filename changed, the log file file-2015-06-12.log is closed and file-2015-06-13.log is opened.

This feature is a small improvement for systems where no logrotate is available like Windows systems. On this way you have the chance to delete old log files without to stop/start a daemon.


Call log() if you want to log messages to the log file.


    $log->log(message => "this message goes to the logfile");


Call flush() if you want to re-open the log file.

This is useful if you don't want to use option "reopen". As example if a rotate mechanism moves the logfile and you want to re-open a new one.


Validate a configuration.


Reload with a new configuration.


Call errstr() to get the last error message.


Call close() to close the log file yourself - normally you don't need to use it, because the log file will be opened and closed automatically.




No exports.


Please report all bugs to <jschulz.cpan(at)>.

If you send me a mail then add Log::Handler into the subject.


Jonny Schulz <jschulz.cpan(at)>.


Copyright (C) 2007-2009 by Jonny Schulz. All rights reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.