How to log something in Rails in an independent log file?

You can create a Logger object yourself from inside any model. Just pass the file name to the constructor and use the object like the usual Rails logger:

class User < ActiveRecord::Base
  def my_logger
    @@my_logger ||="#{Rails.root}/log/my.log")

  def before_save"Creating user with name #{}")

Here I used a class attribute to memoize the logger. This way it won’t be created for every single User object that gets created, but you aren’t required to do that. Remember also that you can inject the my_logger method directly into the ActiveRecord::Base class (or into some superclass of your own if you don’t like to monkey patch too much) to share the code between your app’s models.

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