Followup on a thread by Shai Erea on java-dev@lao: I already discussed with Robert about that, that there is one thing missing. Currently the IW only checks if the infoStream!=null and then passes the message to the method, and that may ignore it. For your requirement it is the case that this is enabled or disabled dynamically. Unfortunately if the construction of the message is heavy, then this wastes resources.
I would like to add another method to this class: abstract boolean isEnabled() that can also be implemented. I would then replace all null checks in IW by this method. The default config in IW would be changed to use a NoOutputInfoStream that returns false here and ignores the message.
A simple logger wrapper for e.g. log4j / slf4j then could look like (ignoring component, could be enabled):
Using this you could enable/disable logging live by e.g. the log4j management console of your app server by enabling/disabling IndexWriter.class logging.
The changes are really simple:
- PrintStreamInfoStream returns true, always, mabye make it dynamically enable/disable to allow Shai's request
- infoStream.getDefault() is never null and can never be set to null. Instead the default is a singleton NoOutputInfoStream that returns false of isEnabled(component).
- All null checks on infoStream should be replaced by infoStream.isEanbled(component), this is possible as always != null. There are no slowdowns by this - it's like Collections.emptyList() instead stupid null checks.