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From "Wiedemann, Bernd" <B.Wiedem...@mas-software.de>
Subject RE: Filtering long log files and searching
Date Wed, 23 Aug 2006 08:02:31 GMT
Hi Chris,

You could consider using another analyzing tool called XTraceViewer
(www.xtrace.de). It is designed for working with huge log data (a few
hundred MB). Further, it provides a comfortable and powerful filter
mechanism. Filters are organized in a filter tree (GUI) comprising time
range filters, text filters, thread filters and the complete logger

So, time range filters will address one of your problems. From- and To-times
are entered via a date/time-GUI-control. Don't worry about a specific

Text filters allow you to filter for text in a specified column. The find
dialog works analog to text filters. Enter text/column and determine the
search direction (forwards/backwards).

Furthermore, filter settings can be saved and afterwards applied to
other/similar log data.


-----Original Message-----
From: cjderham@gmail.com [mailto:cjderham@gmail.com] On Behalf Of chris
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 4:14 PM
To: log4j-user@logging.apache.org
Subject: Filtering long log files and searching

I am trying to use chainsaw to view entries in a log file. I have it setup,
and working fine. The log file I have is large, so chainsaw is unable to
hold all the messages I want to see in its 5000 entry cyclic window. So I
would like to know how to set things up so I can view not just the last 5000
entries, but any set. Ideally I would like at 4pm to be able to see the 5000
messages after 9am.

I thought that the filterExpression looked the ideal candidate for this. I
have tried setting TIMESTAMP ~= '06', and this shows all entries. However if
I try any other literal (e.g. '2006' or  '08/06'), no rows are returned.

So the questions I have are

1) Is this the best (or at least a viable) way to achieve the desire3d
2) What format should I specifiy the literal for the timestamp field? The
actual format in the log file, or the format defined via the timestampFormat

Also could you add a search feature? e.g. you are showing 5000 entries, and
you know you want the one that has a message saying "calling server". I know
you can filter the entires to only show matching entries ( e.g. MSG ~=
'calling server'), but what about adding a simple search from current
position (or backwards for that matter) for a given string in a given column
(or all columns). That would be really useful.

Thanks for providing a great tool. It really helps. With the ability to
search archives for messages at specific times, would IMHO be a really
useful addition.


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