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If you are a SharePoint developer, you often need to dig into the logs in the 12-hive in order to find out why things are behaving the way they are.
You and me both know that this can be a pain in the buttocks if you don’t have an appropriate tool to read the logs with.
I’ve been trying out around 10 different log viewers, including SharePoint-specific log viewers, in order to save some time reading the logs.
Bear in mind though, that there’s plenty of good tools out there – and this is the one that I find to be most suitable for my needs. Your requirements may differ.
Why SPTraceView for me?
The reasons as to why I chose SPTraceView are as follows:
- Balloon notifications when new events occur (e.g. an exception is thrown and shown in the logs)
- Filter based on Monitoring Level
- Critical Event
- Warning Event
- Information Event
- Filter based on Process
- Filter based on Message
- Filter based on Product
- Filter based on Category
- Big "View Events" button to quickly parse and view the logs, applying all the filters you’ve configured
- Farm event logging / Cross-server logging
- You have the option to use SPTraceView across multiple servers in your farm (!)
The plain-text logfiles in SharePoint looks something like this
Viewing the SharePoint ULS logs with SPTraceView
If I make a simple configuration like this:
And if I now click the big "View Events" button (you really can’t miss it!) – it’ll look something like this:
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I urge you to check out this tool if you’re (like me) diving into the logs every now and then, but find it unbearable to read plain-text and don’t find that any of the other tools really fit the blueprint of what you need.
With that said, go to www.codeplex.com/sptraceview and get it now!