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Controlling Logging#

Controlling How InvokeAI Logs Status Messages#

InvokeAI logs status messages using a configurable logging system. You can log to the terminal window, to a designated file on the local machine, to the syslog facility on a Linux or Mac, or to a properly configured web server. You can configure several logs at the same time, and control the level of message logged and the logging format (to a limited extent).

Three command-line options control logging:

--log_handlers <handler1> <handler2> ...#

This option activates one or more log handlers. Options are "console", "file", "syslog" and "http". To specify more than one, separate them by spaces:

invokeai-web --log_handlers console syslog=/dev/log file=C:\Users\fred\invokeai.log

The format of these options is described below.

--log_format {plain|color|legacy|syslog}#

This controls the format of log messages written to the console. Only the "console" log handler is currently affected by this setting.

  • "plain" provides formatted messages like this:
[2023-05-24 23:18:2[2023-05-24 23:18:50,352]::[InvokeAI]::DEBUG --> this is a debug message
[2023-05-24 23:18:50,352]::[InvokeAI]::INFO --> this is an informational messages
[2023-05-24 23:18:50,352]::[InvokeAI]::WARNING --> this is a warning
[2023-05-24 23:18:50,352]::[InvokeAI]::ERROR --> this is an error
[2023-05-24 23:18:50,352]::[InvokeAI]::CRITICAL --> this is a critical error
  • "color" produces similar output, but the text will be color coded to indicate the severity of the message.

  • "legacy" produces output similar to InvokeAI versions 2.3 and earlier:

### this is a critical error
*** this is an error
** this is a warning
>> this is an informational messages
   | this is a debug message
  • "syslog" produces messages suitable for syslog entries:
InvokeAI [2691178] <CRITICAL> this is a critical error
InvokeAI [2691178] <ERROR> this is an error
InvokeAI [2691178] <WARNING> this is a warning
InvokeAI [2691178] <INFO> this is an informational messages
InvokeAI [2691178] <DEBUG> this is a debug message

(note that the date, time and hostname will be added by the syslog system)

--log_level {debug|info|warning|error|critical}#

Providing this command-line option will cause only messages at the specified level or above to be emitted.

Console logging#

When "console" is provided to --log_handlers, messages will be written to the command line window in which InvokeAI was launched. By default, the color formatter will be used unless overridden by --log_format.

File logging#

When "file" is provided to --log_handlers, entries will be written to the file indicated in the path argument. By default, the "plain" format will be used:

invokeai-web --log_handlers file=/var/log/invokeai.log

Syslog logging#

When "syslog" is requested, entries will be sent to the syslog system. There are a variety of ways to control where the log message is sent:

  • Send to the local machine using the /dev/log socket:
invokeai-web --log_handlers syslog=/dev/log
  • Send to the local machine using a UDP message:
invokeai-web --log_handlers syslog=localhost
  • Send to the local machine using a UDP message on a nonstandard port:
invokeai-web --log_handlers syslog=localhost:512
  • Send to a remote machine named "loghost" on the local LAN using facility LOG_USER and UDP packets:
invokeai-web --log_handlers syslog=loghost,facility=LOG_USER,socktype=SOCK_DGRAM

This can be abbreviated syslog=loghost, as LOG_USER and SOCK_DGRAM are defaults.

  • Send to a remote machine named "loghost" using the facility LOCAL0 and using a TCP socket:
invokeai-web --log_handlers syslog=loghost,facility=LOG_LOCAL0,socktype=SOCK_STREAM

If no arguments are specified (just a bare "syslog"), then the logging system will look for a UNIX socket named /dev/log, and if not found try to send a UDP message to localhost. The Macintosh OS used to support logging to a socket named /var/run/syslog, but this feature has since been disabled.

Web logging#

If you have access to a web server that is configured to log messages when a particular URL is requested, you can log using the "http" method:

invokeai-web --log_handlers http=http://my.server/path/to/logger,method=POST

The optional [,method=] part can be used to specify whether the URL accepts GET (default) or POST messages.

Currently password authentication and SSL are not supported.

Using the configuration file#

You can set and forget logging options by adding a "Logging" section to invokeai.yaml:

  [... other settings...]
       - console
       - syslog=/dev/log
    log_level: info
    log_format: color