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Re: system-logviewer redo

Hi Chris,

On Mon, 2004-12-06 at 14:57 -0500, Chris Lumens wrote:
> Hey gang, I'm working on a redo of the system-logviewer GUI.  Right now,
> it's all done by hand which isn't really the ideal situation.  So as
> part of my attempts to learn glade and GTK in general, I've been working
> on a mockup of system-logviewer.  I'm working on making sure it complies
> to the interface guidelines as well, but I've been told there are people
> on this list more expert than me at that step.  So, I've posted a bunch
> of screenshots of the thing in glade as well as the .glade file itself
> to the following:
> http://people.redhat.com/clumens/system-logviewer/
> None of the buttons are hooked up to do anything (well, some of them
> might close windows) and no log files get displayed.  This is just a UI
> workup.  Please let me know what you think and if there are any
> significant problems with it so far.

I'd say that the user needn't know about a distinction between a warning
and alert list. I'd rather have a notification list (visible and in the
program logic) where users can specify the level (e.g. alert or warning)
and when it should be notifying which consists of:

- log files/sources relevant (i.e. one, many or all log files)
- pattern(s*) to match for which can be search engine like (single words
or expressions like "word1 AND word2 AND (word3 OR word4)" or regexes
for complicated stuff
- probably a description, i.e. a warning could say "database volume on
host foo is nearly full" when encountering specific patterns, handy when
you want technically not so inclined people to make some meaning out of
a warning. If you could use variables from regex patterns to incorporate
in these messages (i.e. the hostname in the example), I'd award bonus
points for it ;-).

Another idea is to do what I saw years ago on a system log viewer on a
mainframe where warnings and alerts have special colors and stay glued
in the list when they have scrolled to the top and only vanish when
acknowledged. I don't know whether it's feasible to mimic the exact
behaviour of that list widget (well, probably "tidget" because it was on
a 3270 terminal ;-), but we could at least have a list of unacknowledged
alerts and warnings on top of the normal list.

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