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Gets the last POST parameters in Rails's log/development.log and pretty prints them
# DO NOT USE ON PRODUCTION LOGS: maybe there are ways to inject Ruby code into the
# parameters hash and you'll end up evaluating it
# usage: post_params
# run this in the main Rails directory
# tested on Linux with ruby 1.9.3-p327, bash 4.2.24
last_post_line=`grep -n "Started POST " log/development.log |tail -1|cut -f1 -d":"`
hash_line=`expr $last_post_line + 2`
hash=`sed -n -e "${hash_line}p" log/development.log |sed -e 's/Parameters:/hash =/'`
echo "require 'pp';$hash;pp hash" | ruby -E UTF-8

A naive shell script to monitor the development log:

while true; do
  inotifywait -q log/development.log

This is suboptimal because Rails modifies the log file many times during the processing of a request. The monitoring program should be smart enough to run post_params only when the file has been left alone for a few seconds.


It wasn't working for me with Rails 3.2.x


echo $(grep -e "Started \(GET\|POST\|PUT\)" log/development.log | tail -1)
grep -e "Parameters:" log/development.log | tail -1 | sed "s|Parameters:\s||" | ruby -ne 'require "pp"; pp eval($_)'
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