“oh sure, logs are append-only and it’s totally fine for the log viewer to take half an hour to display the most recent entries while the system is on fire and thrashing its disks”
“how can we do worse than rotating plain text files in a standardized format? how about a global binary log file with a format that is undocumented and explicitly subject to change!” — lennart poettering
”text files have issues with undetected corruption. let’s just make our log format completely unreadable when there’s corruption somewhere!”
Tōhō, free software and a cute mouse.