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Table-Driven Report Formatter for Packed Error or Trace Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038934D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Bass, VR Stokes, EJ [+details]

Abstract

A method is described which allows generic compacted data in a computer system's error or trace log to be formatted into a readable and intelligible form. Computer system error and trace logs are diagnostic tools which permit storing of important system data in the event of a serious error or during system performance analysis. They typically consist of programs which save or store important system data, storage devices which contain said data, and programs which interpret or format this data. They must operate in a wide variety of environments and with a wide variety of data. Since they are used to diagnose "abnormal" situations, they must perform in the most unobtrusive manner possible.