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What do you open a logfile with?


What do you open a logfile with?

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I have some errorlogs in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSWL\LOG, I have tried opening them with notepad, wordpad, microsoft word, and various other things. What can I view these errorlogs with? Help!
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Notepad or any other text editor. The error log files are plain text.

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I prefer Notepad++ for reading most logs, actually I prefer it for reading anything.
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I usually use UltraEdit for it's ability to automatically reload the file on change.

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I have tried to do an "open with" and it says it cannot open them. Hmmmm...
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What file are you trying to open?

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ERRLOG, ERRLOG.1, ERRLOG.2, etc.

The directory is in my original post. This is strange.
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I assume you mean ERRORLOG, ERRORLOG.1, etc. They're text files, any text editor or word processor can handle them

Double click the file. Windows will bring up a dialog that says


Select the "Select a program" option. On the dialog that then opens pick Notepad, click OK. Errorlog file opens in notepad.


If you don't want to permanently associate the .1, .2, .3 file 'types' with notepad, then uncheck the option at the bottom of the second dialog before hitting OK

The errorlog file (without extension), will bring up the Open With dialog directly (at least it does in Win7)

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Thank you! That worked but I do not see why it didn't work the first time... brain damage on my part, very definitely. Problem solved, I appreciate it!
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GilaMonster (8/14/2013)
I usually use UltraEdit for it's ability to automatically reload the file on change.

Notepad++ can also reload files on change: File Status Auto-Detection
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