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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 19, 2014

Get a Complete Set of Logs with Andy Log

The importance of proper logging is undeniable. No, we're not talking about lumberjack work. We're talking about tools like logcat and kmsg, both of which are used for the most basic debugging purposes, and so many custom ROM users have done at least once. To obtain a log, you don't even have to use a USB cable, since everything can be done directly from the phone itself. To obtain a certain type log, usually you have to use one application per...

Tomek Kondrat · Sep 17, 2014

aLogcat Returns Thanks to XDA Love

The developers of Android, that is Google, gave users several great debugging tools that can be used in development. The most basic (yet still quite powerful) of these is undoubtedly Android Debug Bridge, otherwise known as ADB. It's a very handy tool that can be used by developers and regular users through USB, WiFi, or even directly on the phone. One of the most popular ADB-based utilities for Android is aLogcat Free. This app was originally released way back in 2011....

Conan Troutman · May 2, 2014

Web-Based Tool to Format and Filter Logcats

If you've ever pulled a logcat to help a developer find and fix an issue, you might have done so in one of several ways. There are numerous applications out there that allow you to generate logs quickly, easily, and usually with some degree of formatting and/or filtering. However, log files exported from Catlog, which seems to be a popular choice for people sending logs to developers, aren't always easy to look at and sift through---especially for those who may not...

Tomek Kondrat · Feb 21, 2014

CatLog Turns Holo Thanks to Unofficial Modification

What ties together logcat and Holo UI? Possibly not much, as logcat is just a output of hundreds of processes running deep inside the phone, and Holo is an Android UI paradigm present since Honeycomb. It's hard to find a connection between these two things, but there is one: a holo-fied logcat application made by XDA Recognized Contributor Quinny899. The application doesn't differ greatly from the original CatLog, but a few things have been changed to make the application even...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 2, 2013

Make Android Application Debugging Easier with STrace

Logcat is a powerful diagnostic tool designed to help developers with debugging errors in their applications. Without it, fixing most of applications would be significantly more difficult. However, it appears that logcat is not the only diagnostic tool available to app developers. Now, there is an alternative tool ported by XDA Senior Member alireza7991. STrace is a debugging utility to monitor a program's system calls or signals it receives. Unlike logcat, Strace can be used to monitor a single application,...

Conan Troutman · Aug 16, 2013

Take Logging to the Next Level with Logcat Extreme

As we've mentioned before, there are no shortage of options available when it comes to logging what your device is doing. Whether it's for the purpose of debugging or reporting an issue and you want to grab a log via PC or straight from the device, your options are myriad. If you prefer to use an application on the device itself to see exactly what's going on, here's a little something that you might just want to check out. Logcat...

Conan Troutman · Aug 9, 2013

Simplify Logging with AIO Logcat Manager

If you've ever spent any amount of time using a beta version of an application or flashing the latest "bleeding edge" firmwares to your device, it is highly likely that you will have been asked to submit a logcat when reporting a bug. In fact some would say that you haven't actually reported a bug until you have submitted a logcat. While pulling a log and sending it on to a developer is not a difficult process, it can be cumbersome...

Will Verduzco · Jun 1, 2013

Guide on Using ADB, Logcat, and DDMS

If you're an Android user, there's really almost no reason why you shouldn't have some basic knowledge on how to use ADB and pull a logcat. After all, what better way is there to give back to the developers that help make our mobile devices better than by giving them the tools they need to diagnose issues effectively whenever they arise? And while most casual users have used the Dalvik Debug Monitor Service to take screenshots before the feature was officially...