In this article, we are going to see how can we extract information from a Exception/Trace messages using Regular Expression.

This is regular basis need, spatially when you are analyzing a trace message that you found after an automated test process or unit test.

For basic idea about regular expression, see this old post.

Java Exception Format

When analyzing a trace message, we have to retrieve information from a single trace message from trace stack. A sample example (android trace message)

at widget.List.fillFrom(

In here, the format of the trace is packageName.className.methodName(FileName:lineNumber)

Retrieve with analysis

So, by construction all type of names that are used in java are made of alphabets, so the expression of every name will be [a-zA-Z]+.(any character, single of multiple which are under rage of a-z, A-Z)

Every line number may have single character to 4/5 character(if we write very long class). So , for line number the expression will be \d+(any digit more than 1 time)

Now, let’s look at the message:

  • it begins with at
  • and have a space then the original message.
  • And in the end it closes with ).

And after every name there is a Character(dot character or braces) .

So if we add those conditions together, we get these at\s[a-zA-Z]+.[a-zA-Z]+.[a-zA-Z]+.[a-zA-Z]+.[a-zA-Z]+:\d+\)$

Now we group our necessary items that we need to get from the expression. As we want package name, class name, method name, file name, line number: at\s([a-zA-Z]+).([a-zA-Z]+).([a-zA-Z]+).([a-zA-Z]+.[a-zA-Z]+):(\d+)\)$

If we do not want package name and class name , we just omit the braces: at\s[a-zA-Z]+.[a-zA-Z]+.([a-zA-Z]+).([a-zA-Z]+.[a-zA-Z]+):(\d+)\)$

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