log4j:ERROR Could not find value for key log4j.appender.DEBUG

I am getting the following error on running my spring mvc application :

cat /var/log/flock-snippets/startup.log 
log4j:ERROR Could not find value for key log4j.appender.DEBUG
log4j:ERROR Could not instantiate appender named "DEBUG".
log4j:ERROR setFile(null,true) call failed.
java.io.FileNotFoundException: /var/log/flocksnippet/snippet.log (No such file or directory)
	at java.io.FileOutputStream.open(Native Method)
	at java.io.FileOutputStream.<init>(Unknown Source)
	at java.io.FileOutputStream.<init>(Unknown Source)
	at org.apache.log4j.FileAppender.setFile(FileAppender.java:294)
	at org.apache.log4j.RollingFileAppender.setFile(RollingFileAppender.java:207)
	at org.apache.log4j.FileAppender.activateOptions(FileAppender.java:165)
	at org.apache.log4j.config.PropertySetter.activate(PropertySetter.java:307)
	at org.apache.log4j.config.PropertySetter.setProperties(PropertySetter.java:172)
	at org.apache.log4j.config.PropertySetter.setProperties(PropertySetter.java:104)
	at org.apache.log4j.PropertyConfigurator.parseAppender(PropertyConfigurator.java:842)
	at org.apache.log4j.PropertyConfigurator.parseCategory(PropertyConfigurator.java:768)
	at org.apache.log4j.PropertyConfigurator.configureRootCategory(PropertyConfigurator.java:648)
	at org.apache.log4j.PropertyConfigurator.doConfigure(PropertyConfigurator.java:514)
	at org.apache.log4j.PropertyConfigurator.doConfigure(PropertyConfigurator.java:580)
	at org.apache.log4j.helpers.OptionConverter.selectAndConfigure(OptionConverter.java:526)
	at org.apache.log4j.LogManager.<clinit>(LogManager.java:127)
	at org.apache.log4j.PropertyConfigurator.configure(PropertyConfigurator.java:427)
	at org.directi.code.AppStart.main(AppStart.java:27)
[robinsu@olympus101 ~]$ 

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Here is my log4j.properties file :

# Root logger option
log4j.rootLogger=DEBUG, file

# Redirect log messages to console
#log4j.appender.stdout.layout.ConversionPattern=%d{yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss} %-5p %c{1}:%L - %m%n

# Redirect log messages to a log file
log4j.appender.file.layout.ConversionPattern=%d{yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss} %-5p %c{1}:%L - %m%n

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Dont know whats wrong with this as on server machines i get this error whereas on local deployment i dont see it.

Rohit BajajAsked:
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You will need to see if you can access that file on the machine on which that's running. Also, are you passing anything to log4j on the command line?
Rohit BajajAuthor Commented:
that path does not exist
for some strange reason its picking up that path.
i have given - /var/log/flock-snippets/snippet.log
i am starting this from an initscript.
if i start with java command error does not appear

but still that log4j appenders....appears
Rohit BajajAuthor Commented:
i mean the exception does not happen. only the initial log4j error still appears.
i am not passing anything to log4j on command line
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You posted one log4j.properties file. A different one is being used by log4j. You need to sort that out

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Rohit BajajAuthor Commented:
Yes there was some issue on server side.. for some strange reason its not updating the latest code..
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