Log Timeline: It's About Time

February 1, 2019
Thu Nguyen
Thu Nguyen is a technical writer who cares deeply about human relationships.

Many of our customers want a simple way to see how often an event happens. In the past, LogDNA’s graphing capabilities helped to fulfill this need, but it took you away from your current log context and often forced you to recall a specific query in order to reflect the correct graph. When you are troubleshooting with constantly changing queries, it can be cumbersome to do this. We are excited to announce Timeline, now available alongside your logs in the log viewer.With one click, you can quickly see total matches or detect peaks and valleys over time for any search term. Just look for the Timeline toggle button next to the Live Toggle button.Our goal with the new Timeline feature is to provide a more convenient way to visualize your log events and determine time ranges of interest by inspecting patterns in your logging activity. With Timeline, you can see line count breakdowns in the search results across your entire retention period. If you have an error message and would like to investigate more, you can use the Timeline capability to find out when this error message occurred, at what other times this same error message appeared, and if there was a pattern.On the Timeline side panel, you will see a breakdown of your line counts (across your retention period). The panel is interactive and allows you to navigate through your log history quickly. Use a single click to jump to a specific point in time, and drag a selection to scope your search to a time range. Check it out below.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiHeNCE5IBk[/embed]We hope that Timeline will help you with root cause analysis and troubleshooting. Learn more about it in our docs!

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