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RFC Win32::Event2Log ..gimme back my logfilesby Discipulus (Monsignor)
|on Jan 31, 2018 at 12:13 UTC||Need Help??|
introductionI haved produced my first, at least in my intention, serious module: Win32::Event2Log for the moment on github (current version). I tried to follow all best practices for module creation (a long read..) and I announced on prepan last week but I had no comment back.
The windows Event Viewer, in my experience, it's good just to lead you to a carpal tunnel syndrome so in the past I have arranged a bounch of Perl programs to inspect it's registries using Win32::EventLog to trigger some action. This approach it's difficult and everytime I had to restart from scratch. So I had the, cool, idea to write an engine that read events and, if a given rule matches, write them on a plain logfile, then the road it's plain for a Perl programmer.
presentationEssentially what the module do, as it is explained in it's POD, is using Win32::EventLog and parsing windows events and writing them to plain logfiles. This module is rule based: a rule it's a minimal set of conditions to be met to write an entry to a logfile. You must add valid rules before starting the engine. Once started, the engine will check events every x seconds (specified using interval argument) and for every registry (System, Application, Security, Installation or a user defined one) that is requested at least in one rule will check for an event's source specified and optionally for some text contained in the event's description.
The resulting engine it's designed to survive to shutdowns and user's interruption issued with CTRL-C in the console or a kill of the PID: next run of the program will read just unparsed events on. This is achieved storing numbers of last event read (for each registry) in a file specified with the lastreadfile argument.
A simple example of it's usage is (as in the example section of the module) is the following:
But since I've always produced modules as private containers of almost related functions, I'm a bit a newbie in regard to CPAN standards. Infact I plan to release it on CPAN soon, but not before having listen your advices. So my Request for Comments are:
3) design and enanchemts:
I plan to abstract the reading part, maybe adding a Win32::Event2Log::Reader submodule. Infact I want also the user to choose if use Win32::EventLog as reader or a wrapper around wevtutil.exe that I plan to write soon. How achieve this? Having Win32::Event2Log::Reader using Win32::EventLog by default and Win32::Event2Log::Reader::Wevtutil subclassing Win32::Event2Log::Reader ? What is the cleanest design for such modification? Which tests I must add?
4) design of an eventual Win32::Event2Log::Reader :
Since system calls are expensive I plan the first time the iterator it's initialized, to query all previous events and return them one at time: the array of events this first time can be many Mb and in successive calls possibly just few bytes. This seems against the good design of a ligth sized iterator. It's justificable to avoid possibly many system calls?
Thanks for reading.
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