Trace Analysis Patterns (Part 107)

If you analyze ETW-based traces such as CDF you may frequently encounter No Trace Metafile pattern especially after product updates and fixes. This complicates pattern analysis because we may not be able to see Significant Events, Anchor Messages, and Error Messages. In some cases we can recover messages by comparing Message Context for unknown messages. If we have source code access this may also help. Both approaches are illustrated in the following diagram:

The same approach may also be applied for a different kind of trace artifacts when some messages are corrupt. In such cases it is possible to recover diagnostic evidence and, therefore, we call this pattern Recovered Messages.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ + -

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