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Thread-safe logger with automatic removing log messages from release version.

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A log file class for multi-threaded applications.
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  • Introduction

    This class makes it possible to use log file in multi-threaded applications and has several useful features widely used in my multi-threaded, time sensitive projects where Visual C++ integrated debugger has very limited usage.

    CDebugPrintf class provides some useful features:

    1. Thread-safe logging in multi-threaded applications.
    2. Automatic removing log messages from release version of your application.
      You don't need anymore remove or comment log messages in release version. Release version will not have any overhead or unused information in executable file.
    3. You can write log messages at same time to same file from different applications.
      It is useful when it is necessary to explore interaction and timing issues between to two or more applications
    4. Using printfs style for format text: %s, %d, %4.1d and etc.
      Sorry, but there is no floating point support.
    5. Data and time stamps for each message in log file.
      Also this class provides time difference stamp from application start.
    6. Console output and easy logging for error codes returned by GetLastError function.
    7. Saving old log files.
    8. Uses only Windows API functons. So it can be used even in non-MFC applications.

    The class is easy to use.

    1. Include files dbg.h and dbg.cpp to your project.
    2. At any time you want to write something to the log file, use the PRINTF macro.

    Example of log file output:

    0.000 08/25/2000 15:04:48  User name = KVA
    0.015 08/25/2000 15:04:48  ISAPI = "TraxDataMgr.dll"
    0.015 08/25/2000 15:04:48  CActionHandler constructor
    0.015 08/25/2000 15:04:48  CDataMgrActionHandler constructor
    5.123 08/25/2000 15:04:53  0   HttpExtensionProc: started
    5.123 08/25/2000 15:04:53  Execute request 1 started.   
    5.672 08/25/2000 15:04:53  CIndexer constructor: done
    5.693 08/25/2000 15:04:53  Open:  D:\Data\Docs\customer
    5.693 08/25/2000 15:04:53  Loading index table from 'D:\Data\Docs\customer.idx'
    5.693 08/25/2000 15:04:53  Count: 93560
    6.132 08/25/2000 15:04:54  Index loading finished ... OK
    6.375 08/25/2000 15:04:54  Execute request 1 finished.   
    6.375 08/25/2000 15:04:54  0   HttpExtensionProc: finished

    Class usage:

    void SomeFunction( char* arg1, int arg2, string& arg3 )
        // doing something
        PRINTF("Something happened by using %s and %d arguments", arg1, arg2);
        // doing something
        PRINTF("This message is visible on console and in log-file.");


    All log messages must fit into one line of source code because of problem with transparent removing log messages from release version.
    PRINTF("One line messages are supported.");
    PRINTF("Multi-line messages %s %s",
               "are not",


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    Vlad Kirienko

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    Comments and Discussions

    Questioncan this be used in Linux Project Pinmemberpkuwgg8-Sep-08 17:25 
    GeneralWorks great! PinmemberLuckymmkay31-Aug-07 5:39 
    GeneralPossible memory corruption PinmemberTnarol6-Jul-06 3:17 
    Very helpful program, works great. The message buffer is declared as char buffer[1024] but wvsprintf can write up to 1024 characters AND a terminating '0' character so I would suggest char buffer[1025].
    GeneralAn enhancement to class PinmemberWes Jones13-Jun-01 10:31 
    GeneralProblems w/ Console window PinmemberWes Jones24-May-01 16:25 
    GeneralRe: Problems w/ Console window - half way fixed! PinmemberWes Jones25-May-01 14:33 
    GeneralShouldn't CDebugPrintf::HideConsole() be... PinmemberAnonymous8-Feb-01 12:48 
    GeneralFix for Multi-Line comment PinsussBrad Bruce14-Sep-00 13:10 
    GeneralAdd ThreadID PinsussMark Findlay14-Sep-00 10:59 
    GeneralRe: Add ThreadID PinmemberJames Spibey21-Dec-00 23:25 
    GeneralRe: Add ThreadID PinmemberAnonymous17-Apr-01 4:43 
    GeneralRe: Add ThreadID PinmemberSpacer25-Nov-01 1:21 

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