After 2 years, developers should be able to use the unified log for performance analysis, thanks to extensions and Xcode’s Instruments. Sysadmins and users remain neglected, though.
Improved usability including keystroke shortcuts, and three bugs fixed – one of which disabled use of custom settings files.
My free log browser is progressing towards version 3 release. This beta can save as RTF, runs slow tasks in the background, and has a smaller minimum window size.
Are we in for some real surprises, like tools and documentation, or just razzle-dazzle, smoke and mirrors?
If you’re familiar with the macOS log and have problems with an iOS device, you can easily access its log to help in diagnosis.
High Sierra 10.13.4 may have stopped leakage of APFS encryption passphrases, but that is only a small part of an accident chain going back many years.
Waypoints identified for shutdown and startup, login, system sleep and wake, and fast user switching. How to write to the log from a shell script, and accessing the separate installation log. Finally, security and audit.
Formatting log extracts, understanding and selecting the fields to display, predicates to filter an extract, using string search, and top-down search for working with the unified log.
How it came about, what Apple’s goals were and their effect on the log contents, how it works, and an overview of the tools available to work with it.
2017 was never going to be easy, and Apple had a lot of accidents over its closing months. It delivered a lot of new products, and with them a lot of new problems.