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Module Summary

The Report Browser Tool


The Report Browser (RB) tool is used to browse and format error reports written by the error logger handler log_mf_h in STDLIB.


filter(Filters, Dates)


Displays the reports that match the provided filters.

When a filter includes the no atom, it excludes the reports that match that filter.

The reports are matched using the proplists module in STDLIB. The report must be a proplist to be matched against any of the filters.

If the filter has the form {Key, RegExp, re}, the report must contain an element with key equal to Key and the value must match the regular expression RegExp.

If parameter Dates is specified, the reports are filtered according to the date when they occurred. If Dates has the form {DateFrom, from}, reports that occurred after DateFrom are displayed.

If Dates has the form {DateTo, to}, reports that occurred before DateTo are displayed.

If two Dates are specified, reports that occurred between those dates are returned.

To filter only by dates, specify the empty list as the Filters parameter.

For details about parameter RegExp, see rb:grep/1.

For details about data type mp(), see re:mp().

For details about data type datetime(), see calendar:datetime().



All reports matching the regular expression RegExp are displayed. RegExp can be any of the following:

  • A string containing the regular expression
  • A tuple with the string and the options for compilation
  • A compiled regular expression
  • A compiled regular expression and the options for running it

For a definition of valid regular expressions and options, see the re module in STDLIB and in particular function re:run/3.

For details about data type mp(), see re:mp().


Displays online help information.



Lists all reports loaded in rb_server. Each report is given a unique number that can be used as a reference to the report in function show/1.

If no Type is specified, all reports are listed.



Same as functions list/0 or list/1, but the result is printed to a log file, if set; otherwise to standard_io.

If no Type is specified, all reports are listed.



Rescans the report directory. Options is the same as for function start/1.



If argument type is specified, all loaded reports of this type are displayed. If an integer argument is specified, the report with this reference number is displayed. If no argument is specified, all reports are displayed.



Function start/1 starts rb_server with the specified options, whereas function start/0 starts with default options. rb_server must be started before reports can be browsed. When rb_server is started, the files in the specified directory are scanned. The other functions assume that the server has started.


{start_log, FileName}

Starts logging to file, registered name, or io_device. All reports are printed to the specified destination. Default is standard_io. Option {start_log, standard_error} is not allowed and will be replaced by default standard_io.

{max, MaxNoOfReports}

Controls how many reports rb_server is to read at startup. This option is useful, as the directory can contain a large amount of reports. If this option is specified, the MaxNoOfReports latest reports are read. Default is all.

{report_dir, DirString}

Defines the directory where the error log files are located. Default is the directory specified by application environment variable error_logger_mf_dir, see sasl(6).

{type, ReportType}

Controls what kind of reports rb_server is to read at startup. ReportType is a supported type, all, or a list of supported types. Default is all.

{abort_on_error, Bool}

Specifies if logging is to be ended if rb encounters an unprintable report. (You can get a report with an incorrect form if function error_logger, error_msg, or info_msg has been called with an invalid format string)

  • If Bool is true, rb stops logging (and prints an error message to stdout) if it encounters a badly formatted report. If logging to file is enabled, an error message is appended to the log file as well.
  • If Bool is false (the default value), rb prints an error message to stdout for every bad report it encounters, but the logging process is never ended. All printable reports are written. If logging to file is enabled, rb prints * UNPRINTABLE REPORT * in the log file at the location of an unprintable report.


Redirects all report output from the RB tool to the specified file, registered name, or io_device.


Stops rb_server.


Closes the log file. The output from the RB tool is directed to standard_io.

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