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log parsing



I'd like to do some parsing of the logs that PAM generates
(/var/log/auth.log, etc) but all of the logs are simple text, totally
meant for human consumption.  It'd be a lot easier to parse if each log
entry could have something like a condition code or something that could
be identified.  Specific syntax of details in an entry SHOULD be defined
(username being dealt with could be word five [all of the time for a
particular condition code], for example)

I'm a fairly novice programmer so far and so I can't exactly send any
patches to do this yet, but it's something that would make my life
easier - writing something to parse logs and make sense out of them.

Is there another way to do this that I'm missing?

Thanks a bunch,
Mathew Johnston





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