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Maintenance Commands                                    msgid(1M)

NAME

msgid - generate message IDs

SYNOPSIS

/usr/sbin/msgid

DESCRIPTION

The msgid utility generates message IDs. A message ID is a numeric identifier that, with a high pro- bability, uniquely identifies a message. The probability of two distinct messages having the same ID is about one in a million. Specifically, the message ID is a hash signature on the message's unexpanded format string, generated by STRLOG_MAKE_MSGID() as defined in <sys/strlog.h>. syslogd(1M) is a simple filter that takes strings as input and produces those same strings, preceded by their message IDs, as output. Every message logged by syslogd(1M) includes the message ID. The message ID is intended to serve as a small, language-independent identifier.

EXAMPLES

Example 1: Using the msgid command to generate a message ID The following example uses the msgid command to generate a message ID for the echo command. example# echo hello | msgid 205790 hello Example 2: Using the msgid command to generate a message catalog The following example uses the msgid command to enumerate all of the messages in the binary ufs, to generate a message catalog. example# strings /kernel/fs/ufs | msgid 137713 free: freeing free frag, dev:0x%lx, blk:%ld, cg:%d, ino:%lu, fs:%s 567420 ialloccg: block not in mapfs = %s 845546 alloc: %s: file system full ...

ATTRIBUTES

See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attri- butes: SunOS 5.8 Last change: 9 Oct 1998 1 Maintenance Commands msgid(1M) ____________________________________________________________ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | |_____________________________|_____________________________| | Availability | SUNWcsu | |_____________________________|_____________________________|

SEE ALSO

syslogd(1M)attributes(5)log(7d) SunOS 5.8 Last change: 9 Oct 1998 2