Conventional log analysis gets precious little from Sierra’s unified log. Automated analysis has much greater potential. Will Apple head in this direction too?
Improvements to help you see the wood from the trees in your logs.
Has Time Machine started to make irregular backups? Are apps stalling at odd times? This could be just the tool to find out why.
What would you like to see change in the next version of Consolation?
Significant bugs or undesirable features limiting log, Console, and os_log as of 10.12.4.
Can you tell the difference? What is the significance of each, and do you know what to do about them? An introductory guide.
In an undocumented change, 10.12.4 prevents any access to reading Sierra’s log when in normal user mode – it requires admin mode.
Link to the slides from a masterly review by Sarah Edwards of the new log system in macOS Sierra.
Sierra doesn’t use and ‘roll’ traditional log files. For how long does it keep entries in its new log?
An explicit listing of terms which are useful in filtering Sierra’s logs. This list is maintained.