A friend of mine finally figured out a way to get some messaging out by using log4j: here was the note he sent to me:
I found a way to get iReport to log. If you start iReport from the .bat file supplied in the bin directory, you can add log4j configuration to JVM command; i.e., in the bin/startup.bat file, add the following to the java command: -Dlog4j.configuration=file:C:\bea\domains\oppenDomain\config-oppen\log4j.xml
(make sure you’re pointing to a valid xml file!
p.s. the full command should look something like:
java -cp "%IREPORT_CLASSPATH%" -Dlog4j.configuration=file:C:\bea\domains\oppenDomain\config-oppen\log4j.xml -Direport.home="%IREPORT_HOME%" -Djava.security.policy="%IREPORT_HOME%/policy.all" -Xms128m -Xmx512m it.businesslogic.ireport.gui.MainFrame %*