Parsing Logs...Please Advise

sensei zeki xozip at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 18 06:04:50 CEST 2002


I am looking for a good tool to parse system logs.  While I am familiar with
the concepts of several languages, I have never acutally used them directly.

I know phyton is a good text tool, but is it the one I should use?  or
should I use awk, perl, or sed?

Thanks for any advice...

An example log looks like this...
-----------------------------------
Begin
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Fri Jun 21 14:38:56 2002  Entered ROTATION
Fri Jun 21 14:40:37 2002  New customer has inserted $5.00. (bill)
Fri Jun 21 14:42:30 2002   studio:  animating (#1)...
Fri Jun 21 14:42:30 2002    animation: 1
Fri Jun 21 14:44:07 2002    hwpcl:  dithering...
Fri Jun 21 14:44:09 2002    hwpcl:  downloading...
Fri Jun 21 14:44:13 2002    hwpcl:  done.
Fri Jun 21 14:44:34 2002  Customer has bought 1 print(s) of Pic 0.
Fri Jun 21 14:44:35 2002  Entered ROTATION
Fri Jun 21 15:19:48 2002  New customer has inserted $5.00. (bill)
Fri Jun 21 15:22:34 2002   studio:  animating (#5 warped)...
Fri Jun 21 15:22:34 2002    animation: 15
Fri Jun 21 15:24:01 2002    hwpcl:  dithering...
Fri Jun 21 15:24:03 2002    hwpcl:  downloading...
Fri Jun 21 15:24:07 2002    hwpcl:  done.
Fri Jun 21 15:24:28 2002  Customer has bought 1 print(s) of Pic 0.
Fri Jun 21 15:24:29 2002  Entered ROTATION
Fri Jun 21 16:55:52 2002  New customer has inserted $5.00. (bill)
Fri Jun 21 16:59:04 2002   studio:  animating (#1)...
Fri Jun 21 16:59:04 2002    animation: 1
Fri Jun 21 17:00:27 2002    hwpcl:  dithering...
Fri Jun 21 17:00:29 2002    hwpcl:  downloading...
Fri Jun 21 17:00:33 2002    hwpcl:  done.
Fri Jun 21 17:00:55 2002  Customer has bought 1 print(s) of Pic 0.
Fri Jun 21 17:00:56 2002  Entered ROTATION
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