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Persistent Custom MDC Logging in Apache Camel

Logging is an ubiquitous need in any production quality application, and one common scenario is to log the active (logged in) username, or to log the user and order IDs for customer order event details. This is typically done to create an audit trail so that issues can be more easily traced should something go wrong, but there are any number of reasons why you might decide to create a custom log.

Mapped Diagnostic Contexts (MDCs) in Apache Camel are great for creating custom logging statements, and will easily meet our needs for these use cases.  MDC is offered by both slf4j and log4j, and is also supported by JBoss Logging. (Apache Camel is a part of the Red Hat JBoss Fuse integration platform.)

In addition, you can use something like GELF to automatically index any MDC, thus allowing them to be easily searched using ElasticSearch (logging configuration is not required for this feature), so there are a few reasons why this might be an appealing solution.

This article will demonstrate how to set up MDC to perform custom logging.

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