Logs, Timestamps


Daniel Jones
 

Hi all,

Why are logs like those of the CloudController dated by machine-readable
timestamps? Are there any tools to parse CF logs in-situ?

I find it a constant source of frustration trying to debug an issue
reported by a human with a human-parseable date, putting that into a Unix
timestamp converter, searching through logs for that timestamp, then
scrolling up and down having to occasionally copy/paste a timestamp back
into a converter to see if I've gone too far away from my rough target time.

Computers are rather good at converting data formats - my brain, not so
much. Wouldn't it make more sense to have the logs human-readable by
default, and if an automated system needs to ingest those logs, let *it* do
the parsing?

Regards,

Daniel Jones
EngineerBetter.com

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