Log4J sample config to only write error to file and display sysout

At work I needed an immediate Log4J configuration which only writes error messages to file, and displays everything in console. The reason behind this need was there all the info debug messages should not be stored in log files which will gain maximum capacity and bigger file in size. So when an error occurred that is something we need to see in log files.

 

MainApp

public class MainApp {
public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
		// Initialize logging
		BasicConfigurator.configure();
		
		logger.info("info message");
		logger.error("error message");
		logger.debug("debug message");
		logger.warn("warn message");
		
	}
}

log4j.properties

# Define the root logger
log4j.rootLogger = INFO, stdout, file

# Define the file appender
log4j.appender.file=org.apache.log4j.FileAppender
log4j.appender.file.layout=org.apache.log4j.PatternLayout
log4j.appender.file.Threshold=error
#Unix file location
log4j.appender.file.File=/home/sampleuser/MainApp.log
#Windows file location
log4j.appender.file.File=C:\\MainApp.log
log4j.appender.file.layout.ConversionPattern=%d{yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss} %-5p %c{1}:%L - %m%n

# Define the stdout appender
log4j.appender.stdout=org.apache.log4j.ConsoleAppender
log4j.appender.stdout.Target=System.out
log4j.appender.stdout.layout=org.apache.log4j.PatternLayout
log4j.appender.stdout.layout.ConversionPattern=%d{yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss} %-5p %c{1}:%L - %m%n

Screen output

2015-09-09 14:19:11 INFO  MainApp:30 - info message
 0 [main] INFO com.tugrulaslan.MainApp  - info message
2015-09-09 14:19:11 ERROR MainApp:31 - error message
 3 [main] ERROR com.tugrulaslan.MainApp  - error message
2015-09-09 14:19:11 WARN  MainApp:33 - warn message
 3 [main] WARN com.tugrulaslan.MainApp  - warn message

File Output

2015-09-09 14:26:40 ERROR MainApp:31 - error message

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