Today I learned that
HTTParty gem has a built-in option for enabling logging details of all requests made by the gem.
There are two handy options to be precise.
logger class method
A signature of the method is as follows:
#logger(logger, level = :info, format = :apache) ⇒ Object
The library includes two formatters,
The below snippet is enough to enable logging
HTTParty requests in a standard Ruby on Rails app:
def GoogleGateway include HTTParty logger Rails.logger, :info, :apache ... end
As a result, I get the following log messages:
[HTTParty] [2018-10-04 18:38:15 +0200] 200 "GET /user/:user_id" 137
Much better than nothing. The only minor drawback is missing built-in JSON formatter compatible with Logstash requirements. ELK Stack3 is commonly used today for consuming logs.
debug_output class method
#debug_output(stream = $stderr) ⇒ Object
This one outputs much more details about requests. Therefore, it should be used for debugging purposes only.
To enable it just invoke the class method within a class:
class GoogleGateway include HTTParty debug_output Rails.logger ... end
An example output:
opening connection to [URL]:443... opened starting SSL for [URL]:443... SSL established <- "GET /users/:user_id HTTP/1.1\r\nAccept-Encoding: gzip;q=1.0,deflate;q=0.6,identity;q=0.3\r\nAccept: */*\r\nUser-Agent: Ruby\r\nAuthorization: Basic [BASIC_AUTH]\r\nConnection: close\r\nHost: [URL]\r\n\r\n" -> "HTTP/1.1 200 OK\r\n" -> "Content-Type: application/json; charset=UTF-8\r\n" -> "Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:11:13 GMT\r\n" -> "Server: nginx\r\n" -> "Content-Length: 137\r\n" -> "Connection: Close\r\n"
As you can see the output may contain sensitive data like
Authorization header. Enabling the option on a production environment is not the best idea 🙂
Live and learn. Thanks to one additional line with
logger method invocation I started collecting valuable log messages.
If I need more details during debugging I will use
- Elastichsearch, Logstash and Kibana