ECMQtDeclareLoggingCategory

This module provides the ecm_qt_declare_logging_category function for generating declarations for logging categories in Qt5, and the ecm_qt_install_logging_categories function for generating and installing a file in KDebugSettings format with the info about all those categories, as well as a file with info about any renamed categories if defined. To include in that file any logging categories that are manually defined also a function ecm_qt_export_logging_category is provided.

ecm_qt_declare_logging_category(<sources_var_name(|target (since 5.80))>
    HEADER <filename>
    IDENTIFIER <identifier>
    CATEGORY_NAME <category_name>
    [OLD_CATEGORY_NAMES <oldest_cat_name> [<second_oldest_cat_name> [...]]]
    [DEFAULT_SEVERITY <Debug|Info|Warning|Critical|Fatal>]
    [EXPORT <exportid>]
    [DESCRIPTION <description>]
)

A header file, <filename>, will be generated along with a corresponding source file. These will provide a QLoggingCategory category that can be referred to from C++ code using <identifier>, and from the logging configuration using <category_name>.

The generated source file will be added to the variable with the name <sources_var_name>. If the given argument is a target though, instead both the generated header file and the generated source file will be added to the target as private sources (since 5.80). The target must not be an alias.

If <filename> is not absolute, it will be taken relative to the current binary directory.

If the code is compiled against Qt 5.4 or later, by default it will only log output that is at least the severity specified by DEFAULT_SEVERITY, or “Info” level if DEFAULT_SEVERITY is not given. Note that, due to a bug in Qt 5.5, “Info” may be treated as more severe than “Fatal”.

<identifier> may include namespaces (eg: foo::bar::IDENT).

If EXPORT is passed, the category will be registered for the group id <exportid>. Info about the categories of that group can then be generated in a file and installed by that group id with the ecm_qt_install_logging_categories function. In that case also DESCRIPTION will need to be passed, with <description> being a short single line text. And OLD_CATEGORY_NAMES can be used to inform about any renamings of the category, so user settings can be migrated. Since 5.68.0.

Since 5.14.0.

ecm_qt_export_logging_category(
    IDENTIFIER <identifier>
    CATEGORY_NAME <category_name>
    [OLD_CATEGORY_NAMES <oldest_category_name> [<second_oldest_category_name> [...]]]
    EXPORT <exportid>
    DESCRIPTION <description>
    [DEFAULT_SEVERITY <Debug|Info|Warning|Critical|Fatal>]
)

Registers a logging category for being included in the generated and installed KDebugSettings files. To be used for categories who are declared by manual code or other ways instead of code generated with ecm_qt_declare_logging_category.

<identifier> may include namespaces (eg: foo::bar::IDENT).

EXPORT specifies the group id with which the category will be registered. Info about the categories of that group can then be generated in a file and installed by that group id with the ecm_qt_install_logging_categories function.

DESCRIPTION specifies a short single line text describing the category.

OLD_CATEGORY_NAMES can be used to inform about any renamings of the category, so user settings can be migrated.

Since 5.68.0.

ecm_qt_install_logging_categories(
    EXPORT <exportid>
    [FILE <filename>]
    DESTINATION <install_path>
    [SORT]
    [COMPONENT <component>]
)

Generates and installs a file in KDebugSettings format with the info about all the categories registered for the group <exportid>, as well as a file with info about any renamed categories, if there are.

The method call needs to be after the last ecm_qt_declare_logging_category call which uses the same <exportid>. This can be in the same directory, or any subdirectory or parent directory.

EXPORT specifies the group id of categories whose information should be stored in the file generated and installed.

FILE specifies the name of the file generated and installed. It will default to lower-cased <exportid>.categories.

DESTINATION specifies where the generated file will be installed.

IF SORT is set, entries will be sorted by identifiers.

COMPONENT specifies the installation component name with which the install rules for the generated file are associated.

Since 5.85.0 this is a no-op when building for Android, as KDebugSettings is not available on that platform and the logging category files therefore just bloat the APK.

Example usage:

ecm_qt_declare_logging_category(
    MYPROJECT_SRCS
    HEADER "myproject_debug.h"
    IDENTIFIER "MYPROJECT_DEBUG"
    CATEGORY_NAME "myproject"
    OLD_CATEGORY_NAMES "myprojectlog"
    DESCRIPTION "My project"
    EXPORT MyProject
)

ecm_qt_export_logging_category(
    IDENTIFIER "MYPROJECT_SUBMODULE_DEBUG"
    CATEGORY_NAME "myproject.submodule"
    DESCRIPTION "My project - submodule"
    EXPORT MyProject
)

ecm_qt_install_logging_categories(
    EXPORT MyProject
    FILE myproject.categories
    DESTINATION "${KDE_INSTALL_LOGGINGCATEGORIESDIR}"
)

Since 5.68.0.