Verbose Logging

What Does Verbose Logging Mean?

Verbose logging is a type of computer logging method that involves more information than the standard or typical logging process.


Typically, users can turn on verbose logging features to get more information about a system.

Techopedia Explains Verbose Logging

Developers and other experts note the pros and cons of verbose logging in that while this method offers more information than the standard, it also slows down systems because of the time needed to collect additional information or display additional logging details.

For that reason, a lot of users take advantage of verbose logging for troubleshooting purposes and turn it off when it’s not needed. Different systems have different protocols for using verbose logging.

For example, in Microsoft Installer, users have the option to select ‘fix it for me’ or ‘let me fix it myself.’ These kinds of details provide a look into an operating system or software interface and how it is made to be user-friendly for end-users and to accommodate the needs of users in different scenarios, such as situations where software may not be working the way it’s supposed to.


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