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I would like to find an application or an extension for an editor that allows me to record phases of a process by entering status messages. Ideally, the output would be a logfile with timestamps for each message that I've entered.

Nowadays I have to test fairly complicated websites and I would like to be able to exactly know what I do in each step, so I would like to submit a status message on each step I do, much like a commit message in version control systems.

Do you know anything similar?

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What are you trying to do? It seems a very bad idea to log EVERY line entered in an editor, but knowing the source problem can help to suggest a solution. – enzotib Aug 12 '11 at 6:57
@enzotib sorry, I've tried to clarify the question a bit. – Scorchio Aug 12 '11 at 7:02
Would having an editor bind a command to insert the date do? – N.N. Aug 12 '11 at 7:38
That would be one way, but finding a dedicated solution would be better. – Scorchio Aug 12 '11 at 8:42
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Perhaps gtimelog does what you're after:

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It is available in Ubuntu as the gtimelog package:

sudo apt-get install gtimelog
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Yeah, this is excellent. I wanted this exactly. – Scorchio Aug 12 '11 at 9:23

Gedit as a Insert Date/Time plugin. You can configure it for a given format and to not ask confirmation. You should call it explicitly from Edit menu, though.

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Yes, it's okay for inserting the date, but I would like to have a dedicated solution for this - the more comfortable the better. I will spend quite a bit of time with this tool... – Scorchio Aug 12 '11 at 7:18

gtimelog looks very nice, this is would I would have done:

echo $(date) "$@" >> "$USER/logfile"

if you save this in /usr/bin/log or in ~/bin/log you can just type in

log some message

and will end up with

Fr 12. Aug 11:30:50 CEST 2011 some message

in the file.

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Yes of course. I've started this question to save myself from playing around with Python, because I wouldn't stop myself from adding features and such :D – Scorchio Aug 12 '11 at 9:35
Sure, one gets carried away pretty quickly … – Martin Ueding Aug 12 '11 at 21:19

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