The Journal - a proposed syslog replacement
Posted Dec 20, 2011 8:03 UTC (Tue) by topher
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That's not an argument against binary logging.
Actually, it is. And it's a valid one. Take the case of a corrupted block on your filesystem. We're not caring how it got there (physical problem, filesystem problem, whatever), but it's there. If you've got a text file with a corrupted chunk in it, you can generally recover everything except for the corrupted part with no special tools.
Now imagine the same scenario, but with a binary file. You better hope and pray that whoever wrote the tools for that (currently undocumented) binary format have specialized tools for analyzing and recovering from file corruption. Otherwise, there's an excellent chance you just lost that entire file. Depending on the the internal format of the file, you might be screwed no matter what (especially if the file is doing internal compression functionality, which could mean your corruption just "infected" your entire file).
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