GSOC Chat log storage: My thoughts

Alex M (Coyo) coyo at
Tue Apr 23 15:20:48 EDT 2013

On 04/23/2013 12:20 PM, Ethan Blanton wrote:
> Mark Doliner spake unto us the following wisdom:
>> On Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM, Peter Lawler <bleeter at> wrote:
>>> To my mind, a Chat Log storage format update would abstract out the storage
>>> medium for the log. This would mean SQLite, MySQL, Postgres, SMTP, SNMP,
>>> FTP, WebDAV, JSON, CSV or flat file logging 'plugins' would be able to be
>>> written by anyone else.
>> This feels like over engineering to me.  I'm sure some people would
>> appreciate the flexibility, but I feel like >99% of our users wouldn't
>> take advantage of this.
> Note that our current logging infrastructure allows for exactly this.

I'd like to make a note here that many centralized web services make use 
of purple, and that the site does not count as one user (the admin), 
each of these count as hundreds of thousands of users, each.

flat files are not sufficient for storing logs in such a use case.

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