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Introduction

OdsToNLog is a very simple program which captures Win32 OutputDebugString messages and converts them into NLog log messages.

Log Levels

OutputDebugString messages doesn't carry any log level(i.e. warning, info, error) information. But it is general practice prefix strings like "[WARN]", "[INFO]" and "[ERROR]" to the log messages to denote a particular message as warning, info or error. In OdsToNLog we can define(in OdsToNLog.exe.config) regex patterns to identify the log levels from OutputDebugString messages.

Log Targets

OutputDebugString messages can be redirected to one or more targets supported NLog. We can define these targets(e.g. Network, File, Mail) in OdsToNLog.exe.config. For more information about NLog targets please visit here

Capturing OutputDebugString Messages

OdsToNLog uses DbMon.NET by Christian Birkl to capture Win32 OutputDebugString messages in managed code. The DbMon.NET is modified to capture both local and global scope messages.

Capturing Messages From Global Scope

OdsToNLog can capture OutputDebugString messages sent from processes in Windows "Global" scope. Typical example for this is OutputDebugString messages sent from Windows services. We can instruct OdsToNLog to capture gloabl scope messages by setting the config "CaptureGlobal" to "true"(default is "false") in OdsToNlog.exe.config file. To capture global scope messages OdsToNLog.exe needs to be run in administrator's privilages(i.e. Run as administrator).

Download

You can find the prebuilt binary in Downloads section.

License

The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c)

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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OdsToNLog is a very simple program which captures Win32 OutputDebugString messages and converts them into [NLog](http://nlog-project.org/) log messages.

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