11.2 Changing the Merge Order

When log records from different log files are merged they can have the same timestamp values. You can tell Ascolog Insight how to order these log records in the merged log by using the commands Merge Order Up and Merge Order Down from the Tools menu. The following example shows a merged log with log records from two different log files (“File1” and “File2”) which have the same timestamp values.

2011-10-10, 15:00, Log record 1, File1
2011-10-10, 15:00, Log record 2, File1
2011-10-10, 15:00, Log record 3, File2
2011-10-10, 15:00, Log record 4, File2

Log records from different files with the same timestamp value

If you want to change the order of these log records, select a log record of “File1” and execute the Merge Order Down command. Alternatively, you can select a log record of “File2” and execute the Merge Order Up command. As a result the log records will be ordered as shown in the following example:

2011-10-10, 15:00, Log record 3, File2
2011-10-10, 15:00, Log record 4, File2
2011-10-10, 15:00, Log record 1, File1
2011-10-10, 15:00, Log record 2, File1

Changed order of log records with Merge Order Down or Merge Order Up

If the commands cannot be applied they are deactivated (displayed in gray).