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Patent Title: Using a database for program logs

Assignee: IBM
Patent Number: US6199070
Issue Date: 03-06-2001
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File Date:06-18-1998

Abstract: A technique, system, and computer program for using a database to store program logs. Logged information can be created, stored, displayed, and analyzed in a more usable, efficient manner. Log information is preferably stored in two or more tables, enabling reduction of redundant information through database normalization. Message text is preferably stored in computer-readable, as opposed to human-readable, format. This enables optimization of the amount of storage required, and facilitates normalizing the database tables. In addition, translation to the user's national language is made easier, whereby a message code is stored, pointing to an entry in a table that contains message text in the chosen language. The report-generating facilities of the database manager are available for use in analyzing log entries, eliminating the need to write customized reporting software.


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