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This is for day-by-day operations to support user problems, and figure out what happened to the system during determined interesting events.
For that purpose I would focus on readability, which is not something Data::Dumper (or Data::Dump::Streamer) provide. For support tasks you need reports, and IMHO there's nothing better yet for that than format, formline and write (you could use Text::Template or Template but maybe you don't want their overhead).

It might be a tedious task to generate the perlform reports in the first place, but that pays off since you have a better oversight of your data. You can even enrich those reports with ANSI colours to browse them in a colour capable terminal with e.g. less -R.

--shmem

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In reply to Re: What is the best way to dump data structures to logfiles? by shmem
in thread What is the best way to dump data structures to logfiles? by monsieur_champs

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