RFC regarding usage of ISO 8601 throughout the tree

Martin Schütte lists at mschuette.name
Thu Jan 6 15:45:40 UTC 2011

On 01/06/11 13:52, John Baldwin wrote:
>> I am using ISO8601 date + time format for years in my scripts, logs 
>> etc., so it would be nice to have it on all places of FreeBSD as a 
>> standard format.
> Changing the format of syslog messages is guaranteed to break ${INFINITY} 
> scripts and other log parsing tools.  I think that is too large of a POLA 
> violation to justify.

On the other ahnd there is also a new syslog RFC which uses ISO8601
timestamps (http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5424) and is implemented by
syslog-ng, rsyslog and NetBSD-current.

As with most major changes the format should be configurable and use the
old format as default. But in the long term I would expect the new
format to spread (maybe just because I use it on my logserver and
already changed my parsing tools).


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