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Should we be showing the Android log when debugging an Android application? I know we have the application output, but does it include all of the possibly helpful information that the Android log would show?
I'm not sure about this. I think there might be a few issues with it.
1) The android log shows *a lot* of information by default so it's very noisy for most debugging sessions I think, especially for newcomers
2) There is a bit of a latency between first connecting the android log to the device and getting to the last events in the log. This is because ADB caches the last x number of events (I've seen around 5k to 7k events cached). This should only be a problem the first time we select the device in the log pad, but it's still something to keep in mind.
I do agree that we don't promote the android log as much as we could, unless you stumble onto it, I doubt many people would know that it's there.
I also agree that there are some additional event types that are logged to logcat that we could provide in the application output as well - I'm thinking of ActivtyManager off the top of my head.
Bumping this bug so we can make a decision either way.
Right now my inclination is not to. Yes, there is a bunch of information there but it's also information overload for the user and simple debugging like
which a lot of people use are buried or not available there. Maybe we can make the device log more visible but I don't think it should be at the front in normal conditions.