We are considering changing lx/ltrace output format from
Polygraph-specific to XML. XML is good because there are many
third-party tools that can process XML files. Many believe that XML
will be a dominant text-based format in the future (without becoming a
"Cobol for 21 century").
On the other hand, most of those tools cannot do much without
Polygraph-specific knowledge about the files -- simply displaying
collected numbers without special formatting and annotation is not
really useful. We could provide Polygraph-specific converters, of
course, but that partially defeats the primary advantage of using XML
(third party support). Custom format is more compact which may become
an issue for ltrace output. Both are what they call "ASCII" formats.
We have also considered changing _binary_ log format to XML.
However, that change will probably either increase log sizes 3-5 times
or will cause information loss. Binary log files are already quite
large. However, one could argue that compressing XML-fied binary logs
might solve the size problem.
Any feedback is appreciated.
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