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Displays UNIX log files or Windows log entries


ProductCommand type
ClearCasecleartool subcommand
ClearCase LTcleartool subcommand



  • ClearCase—Display logs graphically:
    getlog –g·raphical [ –hos·t hostname | –cvi·ew | –tag view-tag
    | –vob pname-in-vob ]

  • ClearCase—Display logs nongraphically:
    getlog [ –las·t [ #_lines ] | –fu·ll | –sin·ce date-time
    | –aro·und date-time [ #_minutes ] ]
    [ –hos·t hostname | –cvi·ew | –tag view-tag | –vob pname-in-vob ]
    { –a·ll | log-name ... }

  • ClearCase—Display the current set of logs:
    getlog –inq·uire [ –hos·t hostname ]

  • ClearCase LT on UNIX—Display logs:
    getlog [ –las·t [ #_lines ] | –fu·ll | –sin·ce date-time
    | –aro·und date-time [ #_minutes] ]
    { –a·ll | log-name ... }

  • ClearCase LT on Windows—Display logs graphically:
    getlog –g·raphical

  • ClearCase LT on Windows—Display logs nongraphically:
    getlog [ –las·t [ #_lines ] | –fu·ll | –sin·ce date-time
    | –aro·und date-time [ #_minutes] ]
    { –a·ll | log-name ... }

  • ClearCase LT—Display the current set of logs:
    getlog –inq·uire


The getlog command displays extracts from one or more log files (UNIX) or log entries (Windows). Run getlog –inquire to return a list of the available logs.

Note: If the host for which you are trying to view logs is having problems, you may have to do the following:

  • On UNIX, go to the log directory (/var/adm/rational/clearcase/log) and use standard commands to look at the log files.
  • On Windows, open the Windows NT Event Viewer to view the log entries.




Displaying Entries Graphically

Entries are displayed in the current command window.

Starts a log browser.

Specifying Log Extracts

Displays the last 10 lines for the specified logs (equivalent to specifying –last 10).

–las·t [ #_lines ]
Gets the last #_lines lines for the specified logs. The default value of #_lines is 10.

Gets the complete contents of the specified logs.

–sin·ce date-time, –aro·und date-time [ #_minutes ]
The –since option gets log entries made since date-time. The –around option gets log entries #_minutes minutes either side of date-time. The default value of #_minutes is 10. If you specify either of these options for an unformatted log file, getlog prints an error. (getlog –inquire indicates unformatted logs.)

The date-time argument can have any of the following formats:

date.time | date | time |now where:

date :=day-of-week | long-date
time :=h[h]:m[m][:s[s]] [UTC [ [ + | - ]h[h][:m[m] ] ] ]
day-of-week :=today |yesterday |Sunday | ... |Saturday |Sun | ... |Sat
long-date :=d[d]month[[yy]yy]
month :=January |... |December |Jan |... |Dec

Specify time in 24-hour format, relative to the local time zone. If you omit the time, the default value is 00:00:00. If you omit date, the default is today. If you omit the century, year, or a specific date, the most recent one is used. Specify UTC if you want to resolve the time to the same moment in time regardless of time zone. Use the plus (+) or minus (-) operator to specify a positive or negative offset to the UTC time. If you specify UTC without hour or minute offsets, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is used. (Dates before January 1, 1970 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) are invalid.)

Specifying Which Host's Logs to Display

Get the current host's log files. These options do not apply to ClearCase LT, because the host is always the ClearCase LT server host.

–hos·t hostname
Gets logs from hostname.

Gets logs from the current view's view host.

–tag view-tag
Gets logs from the view server host of the specified view.

–vob pname-in-vob
Gets logs from the VOB server host of the specified VOB.

Specifying the Logs to Display

None. You must specify one or more log names, –all to view all logs, or –inquire to return the list of available logs.

Returns the list of available logs, which can vary with the host's installed product set and configuration. Unformatted logs are annotated with the string (unformatted).

Displays every available log file.

log-name ...
Specifies one or more logs of interest. Use –inquire to list valid log names.


The UNIX examples in this section are written for use in csh. If you use another shell, you may need to use different quoting and escaping conventions.

The Windows examples that include wildcards or quoting are written for use in cleartool interactive mode. If you use cleartool single-command mode, you may need to change the wildcards and quoting to make your command interpreter process the command appropriately.

In cleartool single-command mode, cmd-context represents the UNIX shell or Windows command interpreter prompt, followed by the cleartool command. In cleartool interactive mode, cmd-context represents the interactive cleartool prompt.

  • Return the list of available logs.

    cmd-context getlog –inquire 
         vobsnap ClearCase VOB snapshot log
          vobrpc ClearCase vobrpc_server log
    vob_scrubber ClearCase vob scrubber log (unformatted)
             vob ClearCase vob_server log
            view ClearCase view_server log

  • Display the last 10 lines of the current host's vob_server log. For information about vob_server, see the Administrator's Guide.

cmd-context getlog vob 
Log Name: vob                   Hostname: superior   Date: 24-Feb-99.16:51:02
Selection: Last 10 lines of log displayed
02/22/99 00:52:52 vob_server(183): debug=0, verbose=0, dont_fsync=0, 
check_for_nulls=0, wait_time=500ms
02/22/99 00:52:52 vob_server(183): UID: 1049610 GID: 1049650
02/22/99 00:52:52 vob_server(183): using C:\USERS\vobs\ms_test.vbs, 
on host: superior
02/22/99 00:52:51 vob_server(183): addr = 0, port= 1247
02/22/99 00:50:37 vob_server(167): debug=0, verbose=0, dont_fsync=0, 
check_for_nulls=0, wait_time=500ms
02/22/99 00:50:37 vob_server(167): UID: 1049610 GID: 1049650
02/22/99 00:50:37 vob_server(167): using C:\USERS\vobs\smg_bld.vbs, 
on host: superior
02/22/99 00:50:36 vob_server(167): addr = 0, port= 1201
02/19/99 01:10:47 vob_server(166): debug=0, verbose=0, dont_fsync=0, 
check_for_nulls=0, wait_time=500ms
02/19/99 01:10:47 vob_server(166): UID: 1049610 GID: 1049650

  • Display host saturn's view log entries within 20 minutes of 4:00 P.M. on August 24.

    cmd-context getlog –host saturn –around 24-Aug.16:00 20 view 

    Log Name: view                  Hostname: saturn      Date: 25-Aug-99.17:28:57
    Selection: Lines between 24-Aug-99.15:40:00 and 24-Aug-99.16:20:00 displayed
    08/24/99 16:02:26 view_server(4904): Using 2097152 bytes of cache
    08/24/99 16:02:26 view_server(4904): Db initialized
    08/24/99 16:02:26 view_server(4904): Db initialized
    08/24/99 16:02:26 view_server(4904): View server addr = 0, port= 35200
    08/24/99 16:02:25 view_server(4904): View server addr = 0, port= 40227




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