- Log file
- A file that contains a record of activities that have occurred. An
application is said to "log" information to the log file (hence
the name "log file"). Log files are generated automatically by
some applications as they work and are typically (but not always) text
editable files. Text editable (and therefore human readable) log files are
typically generated produced to provide a record of what went on and are not
normally used again by the application that generated them. Databases in
particular will generate log files in a binary format which are intended for
its own database recovery purposes and are not intended for human reading.
Log files will typically have the file extension of .log, but this is not guaranteed and depends on the application.