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ELOG(1) General Commands Manual ELOG(1)


elog - utility program for Electronic Logbook ELOG


elog -a attribute=value [ -e id ] [ -f file... ] -h host [ -l logbook ] [ -m textfile ] [ -p port ] [ -r id ] [ -s subdir ] [ -u username password ] [ -v ] [ -w password ] message [ -x ]


The Electronic Logbook ELOG can be used to store and retrieve messages through a Web interface. Depending on the configuration, the ELOG system can host one or more logbooks which are stored in separate sections on the server. elog is the standalone client program which can be used from the command line to interact with the ELOG daemon (elogd). The elog message can either be submitted on the command line or piped through `stdin' or in a file with the `-m' flag. For the former case, message with blanks must be enclosed in quotes. Multiple attributes can be specified as well as several attachments. The password must match the write password defined on the server. If user level access is defined on the server (via the `Password file' option), a valid user name / password pair must be specified with the `-u' option.

The elog program makes it possible to submit logbook entries automatically by the system or from scripts. In some shift logbooks this feature is used to enter alarm messages automatically into the logbook.


elog accepts the following options:

set attribute to value
edit existing message of id
attach files while submitting
host where elogd is running
name of logbook or experiment
submit message from textfile
port where elogd is running
reply to existing message of id
directory where logbooks reside
username and password
verbose output
write password defined on server
suppress email notification



The full documentation for ELOG is maintained as an html manual. You can reach it from the package document directory.


Written by Stefan Ritt <>.

This manual page was written by Recai Oktas <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

January 15, 2002