Peter Eisentraut <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> When you're dealing with a large installation, these little Perl scripts
> become difficult.  I've just had to deal with a similar issue with a
> popular MTA which spreads the relevant log information over several lines.
> If you're generating 500 MB of log output a day, it becomes a problem.

True, but it would take really serious revisions of our log output
formatting to fix things so that a naive "grep" will be useful for much
of anything.

To take just the most obvious limitation in what Bruce is proposing: a
grep for "duration" will yield the duration and the first line of the
SQL command.  If an installation is in the habit of breaking their SQL
into multiple lines, this will be less than useful.  Some people like
to format their code like this:

                a, b, c

in which case showing just the first line will be quite content-free.

There are already similar problems with extracting error information
from the logs (and the 7.4 redesign of error formatting has made 'em

If we are going to try to design the log output so that you don't need
reassembly scripts to link related lines together, then we have got lots
bigger problems to fix than log_duration.  I'm not convinced it's an
appropriate goal at all, though.

                        regards, tom lane

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