Using the SportTracks Log File

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Using the SportTracks Log File

Postby clackerz » Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:45 pm

This section explains the function and use of the SportTracks Log File.

Question:

What is the SportTracks Log File?:

Answer:

The SportTracks Log File is used to keep logs of issues/logbook updates relating to SportTracks and/or any loaded SportTracks Plugins:

The log file will write a detailed text comment when SportTracks starts relating to any issues causing problems, updates to the logbook and/or activities, errors with updating data etc.

Generally the log will include as much information as possible for you to be able to easily identify where and what has caused SportTracks or a SportTracks Plugin to write a log here.

Sometimes a log will be written to the Log File, but you may not see any difference in SportTracks and/or a Plugins' operating performance.
So it is a good idea to open the Log File occasionally to capture any ongoing issues.

The Log File is also a great startng point when you are experiencing any abnormal behaviour with SportTracks or a SportTracks Plugin.
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Postby clackerz » Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:02 pm

Question:

Where can I access the SportTracks Log File?:

Answer:

The SportTracks Log File can be accessed via the programs Settings Page:

You can easily view SportTracks' Log File within SportTracks itself.

Find it here:
Settings> System.

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Click "View System Log" and the complete log file will be displayed.



Alternatively you can view the Log File using the File Explorer in Windows.

An example on where to find it (WinXP):

C:/Program Files/Zone Five Software/SportTracks 2.0/SportTracks Log.txt

Open it using Notepad.

Right Click> Open With> Select Notepad
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Postby clackerz » Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:34 pm

Question:

Can I Archive or Purge/Delete data within SportTracks Log File?:

Answer:

Yes. You can either delete sections/all of the data within the Log File, or you can clip out and archive sections from the original file:

As the Log File continues to store information you will find unwanted historical information that can be removed.

You can either delete the information all together, or if you want to keep sections, or all of the historical information make a copy/back-up and store it for future reference.

Using Windows File Explorer navigate to the Log File and open it in Notepad.

An example on where the Log File is kept (WinXP):
C:/Program Files/Zone Five Software/SportTracks 2.0/SportTracks Log.txt

Deleting/Purging Text

From here you can select the text/information you want to remove.

  1. Select the text to be removed
  2. Hit DELETE or Right Click> Delete. This will remove all selected text.
  3. Choose: File> Exit.
  4. Save: YES

This will permanently remove the selected data.

Archiving Text

From here you can select the text/information you want to archive.

  1. Select the text you want to remove
  2. Right-Click and select Cut or use Ctrl X
  3. Choose: File> New.
  4. You will be asked if you want to save changes to the original file - select YES.
  5. Paste the data into the new File.
  6. Choose: File> Save As.
  7. Navigate to a location external to the SportTracks Progam Files and give the file a recoginisable name - i.e. STLog061008.


You now have an archived section of your SportTracks Log File!
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Postby gerhard » Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:13 pm

Question:

Is there more log information for plugins?

Answer:

Some log messages from plugins are displayed in the SportTracks log file. Other log and debug messages goes to plugin specific log files. Most information is intended for the plugin developer only. For instance, the log files for the omb can include printouts for other plugins at well. The omb logfiles can grow to several Mb and can be manually cleaned as the core ST log file.

For the location of the logfiles, see this post:
http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/SportTr ... hp?p=22762
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