- the current directory is not the location of the executable, it’s System32! But that’s easy to change.
- anything logged to the console will be lost. You can redirect anything you output with System.Diagnostics.Trace. That includes for instance the internal debugging output from log4net (useful when you don’t know why your service is not logging anything).
Quoted from log4net documentation:
There are 2 different ways to enable internal debugging in log4net. These are listed below. The preferred method is to specify the log4net.Internal.Debug option in the application's config file.
Internal debugging can also be enabled by setting a value in the application's configuration file (not the log4net configuration file, unless the log4net config data is embedded in the application's config file). The log4net.Internal.Debug application setting must be set to the value true. For example:<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> <configuration> <appSettings> <add key="log4net.Internal.Debug" value="true"/> </appSettings> </configuration>
This setting is read immediately on startup an will cause all internal debugging messages to be emitted.
To enable log4net's internal debug programmatically you need to set the log4net.Util.LogLog.InternalDebugging property to true. Obviously the sooner this is set the more debug will be produced.
Internal debugging messages are written to the console and to the System.Diagnostics.Trace system. If the application does not have a console the messages logged there will be lost. Note that an application can redirect the console stream by setting the System.Console.Out. The Trace system will by default send the message to an attached debugger (where the messages will appear in the output window). If the process does not have a debugger attached then the messages are sent to the system debugger. A utility like DebugView from http://www.sysinternals.com may be used to capture these messages.
As log4net internal debug messages are written to the System.Diagnostics.Trace system it is possible to redirect those messages to a local file. You can define a trace listener by adding the following to your application's .config file:<configuration> ... <system.diagnostics> <trace autoflush="true"> <listeners> <add name="textWriterTraceListener" type="System.Diagnostics.TextWriterTraceListener" initializeData="C:\tmp\log4net.txt" /> </listeners> </trace> </system.diagnostics> ... </configuration>
Make sure that the process running your application has permission to write to this file.