This tutorial demonstrated how to create a rules-based adapter to convert a typical Linux log file into a CBE log file. Given a CBE log, you can use a tool such as the Autonomic Computing Toolkit's Log and Trace Analyzer to further process the CBE data.
Furthermore, if the rules constructs provided by Adapter Configuration Editor aren't suitable for your log file, you can integrate your own Java class to parse and emit CBE format. Unlike the rules-based adapter, a static parser (so-named because it uses a Java class instead of rules) only needs a sensor and outputter, both of which your Java code provides. You still run the GLA on the final configuration file, but you must include your Java class in the GLA
In any case, the Adapter Configuration Editor and the GLA provide a powerful environment in which to analyze the behavior of existing, even legacy applications using modern autonomic computing tools. Simple conversion from any number of log file formats to CBE requires just a few minutes of work; complex, detailed conversions are easily accomplished with rich rules or your own code.