[ejabberd] Regarding message logging

James Tait james.tait at morse.com
Thu Aug 19 16:15:24 MSD 2004

Hi Mickaël,

> I have read several messages on the list regarding message logging.
> Could you describe further what is your idea of message log?
> What are you expected from the log?

Basically, the log will be used for audit purposes, to prevent abuse of a
corporate server.  To achieve this, I guess it should be possible to
"playback" sessions from the log in such a way that you can see who was
online, when, from where, what they said and when.

> We are developping a complete EAI (enterprise application 
> integration) platform based on several components. One of 
> them is ejabberd. For this platform called J-EAI, we are 
> working with Alexey on message logging features. They are 
> quite comprehensive and cover both messages and events (when 
> has a message entered the system? When was it placed in the 
> message queue? When was it delivered?)

Although I like the idea of logging events, I'm not sure we would use it in
our situation.  However, if the server were to be used as a message router
for, say, SMS messages then I can definitely see a need for that.

> Those feature, when ready, will be published as part of J-EAI 
> first. If they are interesting as well for ejabberd users, 
> they could be integrated into ejabberd code base.

That would be great.  I've been looking into this, on and off, for maybe a
couple of weeks now.  The logging has to be in place before I announce the
server and put it into production use.  Even if the features can't be rolled
into ejabberd, it'd be good to get your opinions and experiences.

James Tait
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