A Closer Look at Log Viewers

Any kind of computer system, may it be small scale or large scale, would require a system check and maintenance and it should be done on a regular basis by the people who are assigned, licensed and are able to do the job. But even the best of the best would not be able to do that job without ever using some kind of special tool that would do the log scanning and searching of those log files that needed upgrading, changing or deletion. They would need to have that specific tool that would immensely help fixing these different kinds of problems. The tool that they would need to have is a special kind of software called log viewer and analyzer.

How does it work?

Log viewers and analyzers work in a way that it can sort of find a specific kind of log from a big pile of different kinds of log files and sorting it out, even performing minor troubleshooting or giving suggestions on how to fix a certain log error or issue. It starts by using the log viewer’s search tool, much like that of a search engine’s, to look for the kind of log file that you would want to search, or just by simply running the application and scanning for errors and bad sectors. Once you find that specific log file that you are looking for, you are then given the choice to open it up on a new tab to be able to isolate that log file for tracking and analysis.

The log viewer then scans that log file for any kind of error and issue that it might have while also giving you the status report of each sector of that log file. This has proven to be very helpful in giving out the best solution for that error. After the analysis of that log file, you can then be able to close that tab to search for other log files or bookmark it for future references.

Log Tails

Another function of a log viewer is the ability to be able to see a certain error happen while simultaneously scanning a certain file for issues and anomalies. This is vital in server monitoring especially when downtime happens and they need to track and trace where might be the cause of that error. Tailing is just as simple as making an input of the log file’s port number, IP address, user details and password. Once these details are entered, the log viewer will now start to scan that log file for certain errors and issues while simultaneously analyzing and highlighting those important ones to be able to provide the fastest solution to any kind of problem encountered during tailing.


After the search and troubleshooting of log files, the log viewer can also present figures either in a chart or a graph form, showing a timeline of that specific log file’s activity making it easier for web analysts and developers to anticipate problems before it may even occur.

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