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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Log file Anatomy

An article about the newer version of the log file is available here.


At the time of delivery of the new message notification a log file is created. This log file ensures the action on the behalf of the sender because it's generated when the notification enters the email server of the recipient. The name of this file is something in the likes of "Lyme-ZCf6L9xpWC-sent.pdf".

When the receiver accepts, rejects or even ignores the message, the log file with all the actions up until that final moment is created. This log is called "Lyme-ZCf6L9xpWC.pdf". The characters match on purpose so you know that both refer to the same message.

Each one of these files is accompanied by another, the time stamp file, which ensures that the log hasn't been changed. These files have the same name as the log file they refer to followed by "-timestamp". Learn more about them here.

Let's take a look at its content in detail. If you want to download the example log to follow along, click here. This log is for demonstration purposes only.

From left to right, we have the Lyme - Log your message logo and the log file's creation date.

On the right side of the header we find the link to the original version of the file which allows the confirmation of the veracity of the document. Next to it, we have the access PIN and the log's expiration date.

Below the link we have the current state of the message. On your email, you only receive the final log and its timestamp, but when downloading the logs from the message page before the final action has taken place, this state will reflect the most recent event. However, once the decisive action has been taken, just as if the message expires, the logs generated will always be the same, the ones that have time stamps.

Here we have featured, the sender of the message and its subject. In red we have the indication that there's a time stamp on an attached file. This indication only appears if the state of the message is either the delivery notification or the final action one (message accepted, rejected or ignored/expired).

In this section, on the left column we have: "sender; receiver; message subject; attached time stamp file name", when present. On the right column: "creation date; message delivery date; the date the message became available to the receiver; expiration date". Immediately below, we have, in case there are any, the indication of the name and quantity of the attached files.

In this central part of our log file, we have step by step, the course of our message. Each log file is shown with two time standards. The first date is UTC (or Coordinated Universal Time) because it's the primary time standard  by which the world regulates clocks and time. The other time standard is the sender's, so you can have a quick and better perception of the time the action took place.

In this area we have the full message transcription. The phrase "End of message log" marks the end of the transcription.

From left to right, we have the link to our site, logyourmessage.com, the log file name on the center, and finally, on the right, the indication of the quantity and current page number.

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