On Wednesday, December 07, 2011 08:24:06 AM Peter Nikolic wrote:
plain text log files please ..
I liked that argument and repeated it a lot, but what means plain text.
Log is not paper copy, which requires only eyes to read it.
It is long string of characters written as one or more strings on a hard disk
using file system. There is nothing to see if you don't have running a pile of
software starting with kernel and ending with text editor. Even with all that
you have to know meaning of fields to be able to understand each line. Then
when you understand each line you need other software that will collect data
from multiple lines spread accross log file, to actually understand what is
Having specialized editor for log files can only improve our ability to make
use of logs, and then "text only" makes no more sense, as it is just
inefficient way to store and later parse event data.
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