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Datadog and custom tracing

When using Datadog for monitoring, Datadog will only record a trace if there is an incoming request.

If there is no incoming request, such as if a cronjob is running, then Datadog will not record a trace and you might not be alerted by an error.

To solve this, you can use the ddtrace-py library and create a custom trace/span whenever tag and tag a span with exception information. This will effectively make it possible to track errors in APM error tracking.