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Posted on 2014-07-22
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Developers are being told that we cannot access the production WebSphere hosts.  We're using log4j and have comprehensive logging to a log file in a subfolder of server1.  This server1 folder has the SystemOut.log.  This is WS 8.5.0.2.

The SA claims that we can retrieve any log file in a subfolder of server1 through the DevConsole.  The only option I see is the ability to view SystemOut.log and SystemErr.log.  Is there any way to download our log files through the Console?
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No, there's no option to view logs other than standard ones through console. unless you extend programatically ISC (console) application by either modifying existing code (probably not advisable due to licensing restrictions) or by deploying custom built console module - they are portlets that you can author and extend console functionality by adding your own functions and menus - so you can think about doing a simple portlet enabling you to view your custom log files. Further reading here: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/websphere/library/samples/console.html

Another option is to place your log4j logs on some shared resource like NFS mounted volume or shared drive (if on Windows) and access them from other system without the need of logging into WAS machine shell.

Hope this helps.
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One more option is to install Apache on your WAS machine and place log4j logs in it's htdocs directory and access them over http protocol.
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