How to extract the event logs on a BlackBerry smartphone

Article ID: KB05349

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 08-20-2012


Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 7.1
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 7.0
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 6.1
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 6.0
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 5.0
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 4.7
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 4.6
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 4.5
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.4 (Mac OS)
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.3 (Mac OS)
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.2 (Mac OS)
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.1 (Mac OS)
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.0 (Mac OS)
  • BlackBerry® Desktop Software (Mac OS)
  • BlackBerry® Desktop Software (Windows)
  • BlackBerry® smartphones

Step 1 - Enable Debug level logging

IMPORTANT: Enabling debug level logging should only be done if the issue is easily reproducible, otherwise skip this step.

Debug level logs provide additional information to assist with troubleshooting issues that occur on a BlackBerry® smartphone. To enable debug level logging follow KB28247. 

Step 2 - Reproduce the issue

Once the issue has been reproduced on the BlackBerry smartphone continue to the next step

Step 3 - Extract the Java event logs

Extracting the Java® event logs should be attempted in the following order:

  1. Extract the Java event logs using Support Tools within Desktop Software 6.1 and 7.1 (Windows only) - KB27739
  2. Extract the Java event logs using the loader or bbdm command (Windows and Mac) - KB17215

Step 4 - Reset the debug level logging back to Informational

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If the options listed above for gathering Java event logs are not available, then as a last resort they can be emailed from the device.

Note: Emailing logs from a BlackBerry smartphone does not include the same amount of data as the Support Tools or loader/bbdm command.

  1. Open the Event Log window on the BlackBerry smartphone. See KB28247 on how to access this window
  2. Press the Menu key and select Copy Day's Contents.
  3. Paste the contents into the body of an email message and specify the email address of the intended recipient in the To: field.


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