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I have been trying to deal with some syslog files to store them in a DB but the format has just been too variable so I had another idea how to deal with them

My lines look like the following

May  2 04:06:15 pop3login: LOGOUT, user=gonenow, ip=[::ffff:], top=0, retr=0, rcvd=24, sent=5560, time=1

The first three parts are pretty standard i.e. datetime( though with no year ) sysloghost, progname then the very variable message.

What I would like to do is convert this to a csv line as follows where its broken into at least four parts but if the string user=gonenow appears then add gonenow ( or whatever the users name was ) as an extra field, same for ip=

02/05/2012 04:06:15,,pop3login,"LOGOUT, user=gonenow, ip=[::ffff:], top=0, retr=0, rcvd=24, sent=5560, time=1",gonenow,::ffff:

I dont mind either way if I end up with empty fields or no fields at the end i.e. ,, or it just ends after the end quote of the message, but I have been banging my head trying to figure this for a few days

In reply to Syslog files revisited by stevbutt

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