Within monolog log messages are passed around as arrays, for example to processors or handlers. The table below describes which keys are always available for every log message.
|message||string||The log message. When the
|level||int||Severity of the log message. See log levels described in 01-usage.md.|
|level_name||string||String representation of log level.|
|context||array||Arbitrary data passed with the construction of the message. For example the username of the current user or their IP address.|
|channel||string||The channel this message was logged to. This is the name that was passed when the logger was created with
|datetime||Monolog\DateTimeImmutable||Date and time when the message was logged. Class extends
|extra||array||A placeholder array where processors can put additional data. Always available, but empty if there are no processors registered.|
At first glance
extra look very similar, and they are in the sense that they both carry arbitrary data that is related to the log message somehow.
The main difference is that
context can be supplied in user land (it is the 3rd parameter to
extra is internal only and can be filled by processors.
The reason processors write to
extra and not to
context is to prevent overriding any user provided data in