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Ensign
Join Date: Jun 2012
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I've started writing my own combat log parser for STO, and I've noticed some issues with the output log starting on the Season 6 patch:

As has traditionally been the case, the combatlog.log file is a CSV file with the following format:
Quote:
timestamp::display name of owner, internal name of owner, display name of source, internal name of source, display name of target, internal name of target, display name of event, internal name of event, type, flags, magnitude, base magnitude

or simplified:

timestamp::owner, source, target, event, type, flags, magnitude
Where source is only used when an object belonging to the owner triggers the event, ie. Gravity Well, pets, etc. other wise the display name of the source is left empty and the internal name is set to *


However, since Season 6, for events with the Shield flag, which trigger with the new shield damage display; the format follows as such:

If the source fields are empty, then the order in which the values appear is as follows:
Quote:
timestamp::owner, target, source, etc
The target and source locations become swapped.

If the source fields are not empty, then the order in which the values appear changes again:
Quote:
timestamp::source, target, blank, etc
The owner fields are replaced with the empty entry fields. The display name is empty and the internal name is just *.


Some examples pulled from a log this morning are as follows
Normal damage event. Everything in correct order:
Quote:
12:07:18:12:47:38.1::Torokokill,P[1211149@787289 Torokokill@torokokill],,*,Plesh Brek Frigate,C[124264 Space_Breen_Frigate],Polaron Array,Pn.8026wp1,Polaron,Critical,85.1826,851.825


Shield damage event. Target and source positions swapped:
Quote:
12:07:18:12:47:38.1::Torokokill,P[1211149@787289 Torokokill@torokokill],Plesh Brek Frigate,C[124264 Space_Breen_Frigate],,*,Polaron Array,Pn.8026wp1,Shield,,-659.313,-766.643


A normal damage event with a source. Everything in correct order:
Quote:
12:07:18:12:55:46.4::Torokokill,P[1211149@787289 Torokokill@torokokill],B'Rotlh Bird-of-Prey Refit,C[124396 Space_Klingon_Raider_Player_Pet_2],Chel Grett Cruiser,C[124274 Space_Breen_Cruiser_Snb],Dual Disruptor Cannons,Pn.K4g1ih,Disruptor,,27.1152,271.152
Shield damage event with a source. Order becomes Source, Target, Blank:
Quote:
12:07:18:12:55:46.8::B'Rotlh Bird-of-Prey Refit,C[124396 Space_Klingon_Raider_Player_Pet_2],Chel Grett Cruiser,C[124274 Space_Breen_Cruiser_Snb],,*,Dual Disruptor Cannons,Pn.K4g1ih,Shield,,-197.692,-229.875

These aren't super critical bugs, but they sure make parsing a pain ;)

Edit: I forgot to mention that I have not yet tested if this applies to ground combat as well.

Edit edit: Also forgot to mention that the shield damage is displayed as a negative number, while the hull damage is displayed as a positive number.

Last edited by torokokill; 07-18-2012 at 10:45 PM. Reason: Cleaned up a couple of mistakes
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