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Convert SAP AS Java Trace Timestamp

Sometimes, just sometimes, you wish you could just take a look at the defaulttrace.log or one of the other many log files at the O/S level for an SAP AS Java based system.
Except, it’s not that simple.  Whilst the file is text based, you’re not able to read the date/time stamp that exists on each line.
Well, here’s a simple couple of methods to do this conversion, which is basically converting from the epoch.
The first method is using a pure Korn Shell (KSH) method, useful for converting maybe one or two values:

echo $(date -d “1970-01-01 ${dt:0:10} seconds”)

This second method uses AWK which makes it much better at converting all values by simpling piping in the original file to see the output:

NOTE: Below I’m searching for entries related to “”.
NOTE 2: The below command is all on one line.

cat responses.0.trc | awk -F# ‘/  { print strftime(“%F %T”,substr($4,1,10))”#”$24 }’

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