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If you're using Tomcat, you don't need to write this yourself.
Look for and uncoment "RequestDumperValve" in you tomcat/conf/server.xml file.
As Bear mentioned, the output usually goes to logs (which is better than having it go to the console).
If you're on a *nix system, you can use tail -f <filename> to follow the file as it's updated from your console.
For windows users there are programs like mTail that do the same thing.
Note: this Valve is now deprecated in favor of the RequestDumperFilter, which does the same thing in a portable manner. This Filter is included in the examples application: see $CATALINA_HOME/webapps/examples/WEB-INF/classes/filters for the source.
not sure what this means by "portable manner" but I thought I'd note it here.
By "portable" I think they mean "works in all spec compliant containers". Valves are Tomcat specific.
Hopefully they will keep it around.
The advantage to a valve is that it is at the container level so can be run on any app (or all apps in the container), without touching the internals of the applications themselves.