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10.5: Easily create Quick Look viewable log file aliases System 10.5
Here's an easy way to keep an eye on console log files. Launch Console.app, then drag any of the log files you'd like to monitor from the sidebar to your desktop. This creates an alias to that log file, which you can then easily access by double-clicking it. For even faster access, though, you can use Quick Look on the alias -- just select it and tap the Space Bar, and up comes a Quick Look window of that log file.

[robg adds: You can only drag files from the Log Files section of the sidebar, not the Log Database Queries section -- these are more like Smart Folders for log files.]
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10.5: Easily create Quick Look viewable log file aliases
Authored by: delight1 on Jun 25, '08 09:11:34AM
Personally I use MkConsole (element), which I set to a good opacity for my current wallpaper.
http://www.mulle-kybernetik.com/software/MkConsole/

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Authored by: ssevenup on Jun 25, '08 05:04:30PM

I find that both Geeklog and MKconsole fail to display system.log and company because of permissions issues. Does anyone know how Console.app manages to show them in "Log Database Queries" but prevents you seeing them directly do to lack of file permissions? Is this a security hole? I realize a lot of people run all day long as admin but it's a bad policy and also not allowed in most modern businesses.

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Mark Moorcroft
ELORET Corp. - NASA/Ames RC
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Authored by: ssevenup on Jun 25, '08 05:06:15PM

Sorry, that should have read Geektool not Geeklog.

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ELORET Corp. - NASA/Ames RC
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10.5: Easily create Quick Look viewable log file aliases
Authored by: asmeurer on Jun 25, '08 05:58:02PM

Does the Quicklook update itself?



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10.5: Easily create Quick Look viewable log file aliases
Authored by: Mike Perry on Jun 26, '08 07:52:36AM

Handy tip.

I tried a sleep/awake, which generates a message in system.log. Console displayed that message, but QuickLook didn't. My hunch is that QuickLook is just displaying the log as a text file at the time you open it. Also, since QuickLook is showing the start of the file and new messages are likely to be off-screen at the end, you won't see them anyway.

If QuickLook allows it, it just might be possible to create something that makes QuickLook update as new log messages arrive, something that might have a lot of other bells and whistles such as coloring different messages differently.



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