Expansion of \t and \n in message with linelong module and correct_escapes = true with v3.0.6

paul.moser at bt.com paul.moser at bt.com
Tue Dec 23 16:38:05 CET 2014

I have a 3.0.3 FR instance to which some additional logging has been added using the linelog module. The log messages that are written are multi-line and tab indented with \n and \t used in the format option in the linelog modules configuration file.

I have also tried migrating another, older (v2.x) FR instance to v3.0.6. I started with a vanilla 3.0.6 configuration and successfully slowly modified that to give the same behaviour as the v2.x version. However when I finally attempted to add the additional logging that had been added to the 3.0.3 instance the log statements appearing in the log file are not multi-line or tab indented, neither the newline \n nor the tab \t have been expanded, \n and \t appear in the log file where I'd expected newlines and tabs to appear.

I note in the changelog that for v3.0.5 correct_escapes was introduced and in a vanilla 3.0.6 configuration this is set to true

Taking my 3.0.3 configuration as is and running it against a 3.0.6 server it behaves just as it does with a 3.0.3 server  - expanding \t and \n . However if I modify the configuration to set correct_escapes to true then literal \t and \n appear in the log file rather than tabs and newlines.

With 3.0.6, with correct_escapes=true,  is it possible to use backslash escape sequences, or some equivalent to format linelog log messages? 

It maybe that the expansion of  \n and \t in 3.0.3 was just undocumented behaviour that we stumbled upon and utilised rather than expected behaviour, the fact that the module is called line (singular) log may indicated we should not expect it to write multi-line log statements.

I realise that I could just set correct_escapes=false in my 3.0.6 instances, I have briefly tried this however much of the default configuration now appears to assume the correct escapes and I'd have to unwind all those changes. I suspect if I did this I'd just be storing up trouble for myself some point in the future.



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