QUIC                                                        R. Marx, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                                 KU Leuven
Intended status: Standards Track                       L. Niccolini, Ed.
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                                                         M. Seemann, Ed.
                                                           Protocol Labs
                                                            May 15, 2021

                      Main logging schema for qlog


   This document describes a high-level schema for a standardized
   logging format called qlog.  This format allows easy sharing of data
   and the creation of reusable visualization and debugging tools.  The
   high-level schema in this document is intended to be protocol-
   agnostic.  Separate documents specify how the format should be used
   for specific protocol data.  The schema is also format-agnostic, and
   can be represented in for example JSON, csv or protobuf.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.1.  Notational Conventions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  Design goals  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  The high level qlog schema  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.1.  summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     3.2.  traces  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     3.3.  Individual Trace containers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
       3.3.1.  configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       3.3.2.  vantage_point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     3.4.  Field name semantics  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
       3.4.1.  timestamps  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
       3.4.2.  category and event  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
       3.4.3.  data  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
       3.4.4.  protocol_type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
       3.4.5.  triggers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
       3.4.6.  group_id  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
       3.4.7.  common_fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
   4.  Guidelines for event definition documents . . . . . . . . . .  23
     4.1.  Event design guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
     4.2.  Event importance indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
     4.3.  Custom fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  25
   5.  Generic events and data classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  25
     5.1.  Raw packet and frame information  . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
     5.2.  Generic events  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
       5.2.1.  error . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
       5.2.2.  warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
       5.2.3.  info  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
       5.2.4.  debug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
       5.2.5.  verbose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
     5.3.  Simulation events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
       5.3.1.  scenario  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
       5.3.2.  marker  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
   6.  Serializing qlog  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
     6.1.  qlog to JSON mapping  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
       6.1.1.  numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
       6.1.2.  bytes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  31
       6.1.3.  Summarizing table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  32
       6.1.4.  Other JSON specifics  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33
     6.2.  qlog to NDJSON mapping  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33
       6.2.1.  Supporting NDJSON in tooling  . . . . . . . . . . . .  35

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     6.3.  Other optimizated formatting options  . . . . . . . . . .  35
       6.3.1.  Data structure optimizations  . . . . . . . . . . . .  36
       6.3.2.  Compression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  37
       6.3.3.  Binary formats  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  37
       6.3.4.  Overview and summary  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  38
     6.4.  Conversion between formats  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  39
   7.  Methods of access and generation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  40
     7.1.  Set file output destination via an environment variable .  40
     7.2.  Access logs via a well-known endpoint . . . . . . . . . .  41
   8.  Tooling requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  42
   9.  Security and privacy considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . .  42
   10. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  43
   11. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  43
     11.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  43
     11.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  43
     11.3.  URIs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  44
   Appendix A.  Change Log . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  45
     A.1.  Since draft-marx-qlog-main-schema-draft-02: . . . . . . .  45
     A.2.  Since draft-marx-qlog-main-schema-01: . . . . . . . . . .  45
     A.3.  Since draft-marx-qlog-main-schema-00: . . . . . . . . . .  46
   Appendix B.  Design Variations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  46
   Appendix C.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  46
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  46

1.  Introduction

   There is currently a lack of an easily usable, standardized endpoint
   logging format.  Especially for the use case of debugging and
   evaluating modern Web protocols and their performance, it is often
   difficult to obtain structured logs that provide adequate information
   for tasks like problem root cause analysis.

   This document aims to provide a high-level schema and harness that
   describes the general layout of an easily usable, shareable,
   aggregatable and structured logging format.  This high-level schema
   is protocol agnostic, with logging entries for specific protocols and
   use cases being defined in other documents (see for example
   [QLOG-QUIC] for QUIC and [QLOG-H3] for HTTP/3 and QPACK-related event

   The goal of this high-level schema is to provide amenities and
   default characteristics that each logging file should contain (or
   should be able to contain), such that generic and reusable toolsets
   can be created that can deal with logs from a variety of different
   protocols and use cases.

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   As such, this document contains concepts such as versioning, metadata
   inclusion, log aggregation, event grouping and log file size
   reduction techniques.

   Feedback and discussion are welcome at https://github.com/quiclog/
   internet-drafts [1].  Readers are advised to refer to the "editor's
   draft" at that URL for an up-to-date version of this document.

1.1.  Notational Conventions

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

   While the qlog schema's are format-agnostic, for readability the qlog
   documents will use a JSON-inspired format ([RFC8259]) for examples
   and definitions.

   As qlog can be serialized both textually but also in binary, we
   employ a custom datatype definition language, inspired loosely by the
   "TypeScript" language [2].

   This document describes how to employ JSON and NDJSON as textual
   serializations for qlog in Section 6.  Other documents will describe
   how to utilize other concrete serialization options, though tips and
   requirements for these are also listed in this document (Section 6).

   The main general conventions in this document a reader should be
   aware of are:

   o  obj? : this object is optional

   o  type1 | type2 : a union of these two types (object can be either
      type1 OR type2)

   o  obj:type : this object has this concrete type

   o  obj:array<type> : this object is an array of this type

   o  class : defines a new type

   o  // : single-line comment

   The main data types are:

   o  int8 : signed 8-bit integer

   o  int16 : signed 16-bit integer

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   o  int32 : signed 32-bit integer

   o  int64 : signed 64-bit integer

   o  uint8 : unsigned 8-bit integer

   o  uint16 : unsigned 16-bit integer

   o  uint32 : unsigned 32-bit integer

   o  uint64 : unsigned 64-bit integer

   o  float : 32-bit floating point value

   o  double : 64-bit floating point value

   o  byte : an individual raw byte (8-bit) value (use array<byte> or
      the shorthand "bytes" to specify a binary blob)

   o  string : list of Unicode (typically UTF-8) encoded characters

   o  boolean : boolean

   o  enum: fixed list of values (Unless explicity defined, the value of
      an enum entry is the string version of its name (e.g., initial =

   o  any : represents any object type.  Mainly used here as a
      placeholder for more concrete types defined in related documents
      (e.g., specific event types)

   All timestamps and time-related values (e.g., offsets) in qlog are
   logged as doubles in the millisecond resolution.

   Other qlog documents can define their own data types (e.g.,
   separately for each Packet type that a protocol supports).

2.  Design goals

   The main tenets for the qlog schema design are:

   o  Streamable, event-based logging

   o  Flexibility in the format, complexity in the tooling (e.g., few
      components are a MUST, tools need to deal with this)

   o  Extensible and pragmatic (e.g., no complex fixed schema with
      extension points)

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   o  Aggregation and transformation friendly (e.g., the top-level
      element is a container for individual traces, group_id can be used
      to tag events to a particular context)

   o  Metadata is stored together with event data

3.  The high level qlog schema

   A qlog file should be able to contain several indivdual traces and
   logs from multiple vantage points that are in some way related.  To
   that end, the top-level element in the qlog schema defines only a
   small set of "header" fields and an array of component traces.  For
   this document, the required "qlog_version" field MUST have a value of

   Note:  there have been several previously broadly deployed qlog
      versions based on older drafts of this document (see draft-marx-
      qlog-main-schema).  The old values for the "qlog_version" field
      were "draft-00", "draft-01" and "draft-02".  When qlog was moved
      to the QUIC working group, we decided to increment the existing
      counter, rather than reverting back to -00.  As such, any
      numbering indicating in the "qlog_version" field is explicitly not
      tied to a particular version of the draft documents.

   As qlog can be serialized in a variety of ways, the "qlog_format"
   field is used to indicate which serialization option was chosen.  Its
   value MUST either be one of the options defined in this document
   (e.g., Section 6) or the field must be omitted entirely, in which
   case it assumes the default value of "JSON".

   In order to make it easier to parse and identify qlog files and their
   serialization format, the "qlog_version" and "qlog_format" fields and
   their values SHOULD be in the first 256 characters/bytes of the
   resulting log file.

   An example of the qlog file's top-level structure is shown in
   Figure 1.

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   class QlogFile {
       summary?: Summary,
       traces: array<Trace|TraceError>

   JSON serialization:

       "qlog_version": "draft-03-WIP",
       "qlog_format": "JSON",
       "title": "Name of this particular qlog file (short)",
       "description": "Description for this group of traces (long)",
       "summary": {
       "traces": [...]

                        Figure 1: Top-level element

3.1.  summary

   In a real-life deployment with a large amount of generated logs, it
   can be useful to sort and filter logs based on some basic summarized
   or aggregated data (e.g., log length, packet loss rate, log location,
   presence of error events, ...).  The summary field (if present)
   SHOULD be on top of the qlog file, as this allows for the file to be
   processed in a streaming fashion (i.e., the implementation could just
   read up to and including the summary field and then only load the
   full logs that are deemed interesting by the user).

   As the summary field is highly deployment-specific, this document
   does not specify any default fields or their semantics.  Some
   examples of potential entries are shown in Figure 2.

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Definition (purely illustrative example):

class Summary {
    "trace_count":uint32, // amount of traces in this file
    "max_duration":uint64, // time duration of the longest trace in ms
    "max_outgoing_loss_rate":float, // highest loss rate for outgoing packets over all traces
    "total_event_count":uint64, // total number of events across all traces,
    "error_count":uint64 // total number of error events in this trace

JSON serialization:

    "trace_count": 1,
    "max_duration": 5006,
    "max_outgoing_loss_rate": 0.013,
    "total_event_count": 568,
    "error_count": 2

                   Figure 2: Summary example definition

3.2.  traces

   It is often advantageous to group several related qlog traces
   together in a single file.  For example, we can simultaneously
   perform logging on the client, on the server and on a single point on
   their common network path.  For analysis, it is useful to aggregate
   these three individual traces together into a single file, so it can
   be uniquely stored, transferred and annotated.

   As such, the "traces" array contains a list of individual qlog
   traces.  Typical qlogs will only contain a single trace in this
   array.  These can later be combined into a single qlog file by taking
   the "traces" entry/entries for each qlog file individually and
   copying them to the "traces" array of a new, aggregated qlog file.
   This is typically done in a post-processing step.

   The "traces" array can thus contain both normal traces (for the
   definition of the Trace type, see Section 3.3), but also "error"
   entries.  These indicate that we tried to find/convert a file for
   inclusion in the aggregated qlog, but there was an error during the
   process.  Rather than silently dropping the erroneous file, we can
   opt to explicitly include it in the qlog file as an entry in the
   "traces" array, as shown in Figure 3.

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class TraceError {
    error_description: string, // A description of the error
    uri?: string, // the original URI at which we attempted to find the file
    vantage_point?: VantagePoint // see {{vantage_point}}: the vantage point we were expecting to include here

JSON serialization:

    "error_description": "File could not be found",
    "uri": "/srv/traces/today/latest.qlog",
    "vantage_point": { type: "server" }

                      Figure 3: TraceError definition

   Note that another way to combine events of different traces in a
   single qlog file is through the use of the "group_id" field,
   discussed in Section 3.4.6.

3.3.  Individual Trace containers

   The exact conceptual definition of a Trace can be fluid.  For
   example, a trace could contain all events for a single connection,
   for a single endpoint, for a single measurement interval, for a
   single protocol, etc.  As such, a Trace container contains some
   metadata in addition to the logged events, see Figure 4.

   In the normal use case however, a trace is a log of a single data
   flow collected at a single location or vantage point.  For example,
   for QUIC, a single trace only contains events for a single logical
   QUIC connection for either the client or the server.

   The semantics and context of the trace can mainly be deduced from the
   entries in the "common_fields" list and "vantage_point" field.

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   class Trace {
       title?: string,
       description?: string,
       configuration?: Configuration,
       common_fields?: CommonFields,
       vantage_point: VantagePoint,
       events: array<Event>

   JSON serialization:

       "title": "Name of this particular trace (short)",
       "description": "Description for this trace (long)",
       "configuration": {
           "time_offset": 150
       "common_fields": {
           "ODCID": "abcde1234",
           "time_format": "absolute"
       "vantage_point": {
           "name": "backend-67",
           "type": "server"
       "events": [...]

                   Figure 4: Trace container definition

3.3.1.  configuration

   We take into account that a qlog file is usually not used in
   isolation, but by means of various tools.  Especially when
   aggregating various traces together or preparing traces for a
   demonstration, one might wish to persist certain tool-based settings
   inside the qlog file itself.  For this, the configuration field is

   The configuration field can be viewed as a generic metadata field
   that tools can fill with their own fields, based on per-tool logic.
   It is best practice for tools to prefix each added field with their
   tool name to prevent collisions across tools.  This document only
   defines two optional, standard, tool-independent configuration
   settings: "time_offset" and "original_uris".

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class Configuration {
    time_offset:double, // in ms,
    original_uris: array<string>,

    // list of fields with any type

JSON serialization:

    "time_offset": 150, // starts 150ms after the first timestamp indicates
    "original_uris": [

                    Figure 5: Configuration definition  time_offset

   The time_offset field indicates by how many milliseconds the starting
   time of the current trace should be offset.  This is useful when
   comparing logs taken from various systems, where clocks might not be
   perfectly synchronous.  Users could use manual tools or automated
   logic to align traces in time and the found optimal offsets can be
   stored in this field for future usage.  The default value is 0.  original_uris

   The original_uris field is used when merging multiple individual qlog
   files or other source files (e.g., when converting .pcaps to qlog).
   It allows to keep better track where certain data came from.  It is a
   simple array of strings.  It is an array instead of a single string,
   since a single qlog trace can be made up out of an aggregation of
   multiple component qlog traces as well.  The default value is an
   empty array.  custom fields

   Tools can add optional custom metadata to the "configuration" field
   to store state and make it easier to share specific data viewpoints
   and view configurations.

   Two examples from the qvis toolset [3] are shown in Figure 6.

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    "configuration" : {
        "qvis" : {
            // when loaded into the qvis toolsuite's congestion graph tool
            // zoom in on the period between 1s and 2s and select the 124th event defined in this trace
            "congestion_graph": {
                "startX": 1000,
                "endX": 2000,
                "focusOnEventIndex": 124

            // when loaded into the qvis toolsuite's sequence diagram tool
            // automatically scroll down the timeline to the 555th event defined in this trace
            "sequence_diagram" : {
                "focusOnEventIndex": 555

               Figure 6: Custom configuration fields example

3.3.2.  vantage_point

   The vantage_point field describes the vantage point from which the
   trace originates, see Figure 7.  Each trace can have only a single
   vantage_point and thus all events in a trace MUST BE from the
   perspective of this vantage_point.  To include events from multiple
   vantage_points, implementers can for example include multiple traces,
   split by vantage_point, in a single qlog file.

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   class VantagePoint {
       name?: string,
       type: VantagePointType,
       flow?: VantagePointType

   class VantagePointType {
       server, // endpoint which initiates the connection.
       client, // endpoint which accepts the connection.
       network, // observer in between client and server.

   JSON serialization examples:

       "name": "aioquic client",
       "type": "client",

       "name": "wireshark trace",
       "type": "network",
       "flow": "client"

                     Figure 7: VantagePoint definition

   The flow field is only required if the type is "network" (for
   example, the trace is generated from a packet capture).  It is used
   to disambiguate events like "packet sent" and "packet received".
   This is indicated explicitly because for multiple reasons (e.g.,
   privacy) data from which the flow direction can be otherwise inferred
   (e.g., IP addresses) might not be present in the logs.

   Meaning of the different values for the flow field: * "client"
   indicates that this vantage point follows client data flow semantics
   (a "packet sent" event goes in the direction of the server).  *
   "server" indicates that this vantage point follow server data flow
   semantics (a "packet sent" event goes in the direction of the
   client).  * "unknown" indicates that the flow's direction is unknown.

   Depending on the context, tools confronted with "unknown" values in
   the vantage_point can either try to heuristically infer the semantics
   from protocol-level domain knowledge (e.g., in QUIC, the client

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   always sends the first packet) or give the user the option to switch
   between client and server perspectives manually.

3.4.  Field name semantics

   Inside of the "events" field of a qlog trace is a list of events
   logged by the endpoint.  Each event is specified as a generic object
   with a number of member fields and their associated data.  Depending
   on the protocol and use case, the exact member field names and their
   formats can differ across implementations.  This section lists the
   main, pre-defined and reserved field names with specific semantics
   and expected corresponding value formats.

   Each qlog event at minimum requires the "time" (Section 3.4.1),
   "name" (Section 3.4.2) and "data" (Section 3.4.3) fields.  Other
   typical fields are "time_format" (Section 3.4.1), "protocol_type"
   (Section 3.4.4), "trigger" (Section 3.4.5), and "group_id"
   Section 3.4.6.  As especially these later fields typically have
   identical values across individual event instances, they are normally
   logged separately in the "common_fields" (Section 3.4.7).

   The specific values for each of these fields and their semantics are
   defined in separate documents, specific per protocol or use case.
   For example: event definitions for QUIC, HTTP/3 and QPACK can be
   found in [QLOG-QUIC] and [QLOG-H3].

   Other fields are explicitly allowed by the qlog approach, and tools
   SHOULD allow for the presence of unknown event fields, but their
   semantics depend on the context of the log usage (e.g., for QUIC, the
   ODCID field is used), see [QLOG-QUIC].

   An example of a qlog event with its component fields is shown in
   Figure 8.

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   class Event {
       time: double,
       name: string,
       data: any,

       protocol_type?: Array<string>,
       group_id?: string|uint32,

       time_format?: "absolute"|"delta"|"relative",

       // list of fields with any type

   JSON serialization:

       time: 1553986553572,

       name: "transport:packet_sent",
       data: { ... }

       protocol_type:  ["QUIC","HTTP3"],
       group_id: "127ecc830d98f9d54a42c4f0842aa87e181a",

       time_format: "absolute",

       ODCID: "127ecc830d98f9d54a42c4f0842aa87e181a", // QUIC specific

                     Figure 8: Event fields definition

3.4.1.  timestamps

   The "time" field indicates the timestamp at which the event occured.
   Its value is typically the Unix timestamp since the 1970 epoch
   (number of milliseconds since midnight UTC, January 1, 1970, ignoring
   leap seconds).  However, qlog supports two more succint timestamps
   formats to allow reducing file size.  The employed format is
   indicated in the "time_format" field, which allows one of three
   values: "absolute", "delta" or "relative":

   o  Absolute: Include the full absolute timestamp with each event.
      This approach uses the largest amount of characters.  This is also
      the default value of the "time_format" field.

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   o  Delta: Delta-encode each time value on the previously logged
      value.  The first event in a trace typically logs the full
      absolute timestamp.  This approach uses the least amount of

   o  Relative: Specify a full "reference_time" timestamp (typically
      this is done up-front in "common_fields", see Section 3.4.7) and
      include only relatively-encoded values based on this
      reference_time with each event.  The "reference_time" value is
      typically the first absolute timestamp.  This approach uses a
      medium amount of characters.

   The first option is good for stateless loggers, the second and third
   for stateful loggers.  The third option is generally preferred, since
   it produces smaller files while being easier to reason about.  An
   example for each option can be seen in Figure 9.

   The absolute approach will use:
   1500, 1505, 1522, 1588

   The delta approach will use:
   1500, 5, 17, 66

   The relative approach will:
   - set the reference_time to 1500 in "common_fields"
   - use: 0, 5, 22, 88

        Figure 9: Three different approaches for logging timestamps

   One of these options is typically chosen for the entire trace (put
   differently: each event has the same value for the "time_format"
   field).  Each event MUST include a timestamp in the "time" field.

   Events in each individual trace SHOULD be logged in strictly
   ascending timestamp order (though not necessarily absolute value, for
   the "delta" format).  Tools CAN sort all events on the timestamp
   before processing them, though are not required to (as this could
   impose a significant processing overhead).  This can be a problem
   especially for multi-threaded and/or streaming loggers, who could
   consider using a separate postprocesser to order qlog events in time
   if a tool do not provide this feature.

   Timestamps do not have to use the UNIX epoch timestamp as their
   reference.  For example for privacy considerations, any initial
   reference timestamps (for example "endpoint uptime in ms" or "time
   since connection start in ms") can be chosen.  Tools SHOULD NOT
   assume the ability to derive the absolute Unix timestamp from qlog

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   traces, nor allow on them to relatively order events across two or
   more separate traces (in this case, clock drift should also be taken
   into account).

3.4.2.  category and event

   Events differ mainly in the type of metadata associated with them.
   To help identify a given event and how to interpret its metadata in
   the "data" field (see Section 3.4.3), each event has an associated
   "name" field.  This can be considered as a concatenation of two other
   fields, namely event "category" and event "type".

   Category allows a higher-level grouping of events per specific event
   type.  For example for QUIC and HTTP/3, the different categories
   could be "transport", "http", "qpack", and "recovery".  Within these
   categories, the event Type provides additional granularity.  For
   example for QUIC and HTTP/3, within the "transport" Category, there
   would be "packet_sent" and "packet_received" events.

   Logging category and type separately conceptually allows for fast and
   high-level filtering based on category and the re-use of event types
   across categories.  However, it also considerably inflates the log
   size and this flexibility is not used extensively in practice at the
   time of writing.

   As such, the default approach in qlog is to concatenate both field
   values using the ":" character in the "name" field, as can be seen in
   Figure 10.  As such, qlog category and type names MUST NOT include
   this character.

   JSON serialization using separate fields:
       category: "transport",
       type: "packet_sent"

   JSON serialization using ":" concatenated field:
       name: "transport:packet_sent"

      Figure 10: Ways of logging category, type and name of an event.

   Certain serializations CAN emit category and type as separate fields,
   and qlog tools SHOULD be able to deal with both the concatenated
   "name" field, and the separate "category" and "type" fields.  Text-
   based serializations however are encouraged to employ the
   concatenated "name" field for efficiency.

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3.4.3.  data

   The data field is a generic object.  It contains the per-event
   metadata and its form and semantics are defined per specific sort of
   event.  For example, data field value definitons for QUIC and HTTP/3
   can be found in [QLOG-QUIC] and [QLOG-H3].

   One purely illustrative example for a QUIC "packet_sent" event is
   shown in Figure 11.


   class TransportPacketSentEvent {

   JSON serialization:

       packet_size: 1280,
       header: {
           packet_type: "1RTT",
           packet_number: 123
       frames: [
               frame_type: "stream",
               length: 1000,
               offset: 456
               frame_type: "padding"

    Figure 11: Example of the 'data' field for a QUIC packet_sent event

3.4.4.  protocol_type

   The "protocol_type" array field indicates to which protocols (or
   protocol "stacks") this event belongs.  This allows a single qlog
   file to aggregate traces of different protocols (e.g., a web server
   offering both TCP+HTTP/2 and QUIC+HTTP/3 connections).

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   For example, QUIC and HTTP/3 events have the "QUIC" and "HTTP3"
   protocol_type entry values, see [QLOG-QUIC] and [QLOG-H3].

   Typically however, all events in a single trace are of the same few
   protocols, and this array field is logged once in "common_fields",
   see Section 3.4.7.

3.4.5.  triggers

   Sometimes, additional information is needed in the case where a
   single event can be caused by a variety of other events.  In the
   normal case, the context of the surrounding log messages gives a hint
   as to which of these other events was the cause.  However, in highly-
   parallel and optimized implementations, corresponding log messages
   might separated in time.  Another option is to explicitly indicate
   these "triggers" in a high-level way per-event to get more fine-
   grained information without much additional overhead.

   In qlog, the optional "trigger" field contains a string value
   describing the reason (if any) for this event instance occuring.
   While this "trigger" field could be a property of the qlog Event
   itself, it is instead a property of the "data" field instead.  This
   choice was made because many event types do not include a trigger
   value, and having the field at the Event-level would cause overhead
   in some serializations.  Additional information on the trigger can be
   added in the form of additional member fields of the "data" field
   value, yet this is highly implementation-specific, as are the trigger
   field's string values.

   One purely illustrative example of some potential triggers for QUIC's
   "packet_dropped" event is shown in Figure 12.


class QuicPacketDroppedEvent {

    trigger?: "key_unavailable" | "unknown_connection_id" | "decrypt_error" | "unsupported_version"

                        Figure 12: Trigger example

3.4.6.  group_id

   As discussed in Section 3.3, a single qlog file can contain several
   traces taken from different vantage points.  However, a single trace
   from one endpoint can also contain events from a variety of sources.

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   For example, a server implementation might choose to log events for
   all incoming connections in a single large (streamed) qlog file.  As
   such, we need a method for splitting up events belonging to separate
   logical entities.

   The simplest way to perform this splitting is by associating a "group
   identifier" to each event that indicates to which conceptual "group"
   each event belongs.  A post-processing step can then extract events
   per group.  However, this group identifier can be highly protocol and
   context-specific.  In the example above, we might use QUIC's
   "Original Destination Connection ID" to uniquely identify a
   connection.  As such, they might add a "ODCID" field to each event.
   However, a middlebox logging IP or TCP traffic might rather use four-
   tuples to identify connections, and add a "four_tuple" field.

   As such, to provide consistency and ease of tooling in cross-protocol
   and cross-context setups, qlog instead defines the common "group_id"
   field, which contains a string value.  Implementations are free to
   use their preferred string serialization for this field, so long as
   it contains a unique value per logical group.  Some examples can be
   seen in Figure 13.

JSON serialization for events grouped by four tuples and QUIC connection IDs:

events: [
        time: 1553986553579,
        protocol_type: ["TCP", "TLS", "HTTP2"],
        group_id: "ip1=2001:67c:1232:144:9498:6df6:f450:110b,ip2=2001:67c:2b0:1c1::198,port1=59105,port2=80",
        name: "transport:packet_received",
        data: { ... },
        time: 1553986553581,
        protocol_type: ["QUIC","HTTP3"],
        group_id: "127ecc830d98f9d54a42c4f0842aa87e181a",
        name: "transport:packet_sent",
        data: { ... },

                   Figure 13: Example of group_id usage

   Note that in some contexts (for example a Multipath transport
   protocol) it might make sense to add additional contextual per-event
   fields (for example "path_id"), rather than use the group_id field
   for that purpose.

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   Note also that, typically, a single trace only contains events
   belonging to a single logical group (for example, an individual QUIC
   connection).  As such, instead of logging the "group_id" field with
   an identical value for each event instance, this field is typically
   logged once in "common_fields", see Section 3.4.7.

3.4.7.  common_fields

   As discussed in the previous sections, information for a typical qlog
   event varies in three main fields: "time", "name" and associated
   data.  Additionally, there are also several more advanced fields that
   allow mixing events from different protocols and contexts inside of
   the same trace (for example "protocol_type" and "group_id").  In most
   "normal" use cases however, the values of these advanced fields are
   consistent for each event instance (for example, a single trace
   contains events for a single QUIC connection).

   To reduce file size and making logging easier, qlog uses the
   "common_fields" list to indicate those fields and their values that
   are shared by all events in this component trace.  This prevents
   these fields from being logged for each individual event.  An example
   of this is shown in Figure 14.

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JSON serialization with repeated field values per-event instance:

    events: [{
            group_id: "127ecc830d98f9d54a42c4f0842aa87e181a",
            protocol_type: ["QUIC","HTTP3"],
            time_format: "relative",
            reference_time: "1553986553572",

            time: 2,
            name: "transport:packet_received",
            data: { ... }
            group_id: "127ecc830d98f9d54a42c4f0842aa87e181a",
            protocol_type: ["QUIC","HTTP3"],
            time_format: "relative",
            reference_time: "1553986553572",

            time: 7,
            name: "http:frame_parsed",
            data: { ... }

JSON serialization with repeated field values extracted to common_fields:

    common_fields: {
        group_id: "127ecc830d98f9d54a42c4f0842aa87e181a",
        protocol_type: ["QUIC","HTTP3"],
        time_format: "relative",
        reference_time: "1553986553572"
    events: [
            time: 2,
            name: "transport:packet_received",
            data: { ... }
            name: "http:frame_parsed",
            data: { ... }

                 Figure 14: Example of common_fields usage

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   The "common_fields" field is a generic dictionary of key-value pairs,
   where the key is always a string and the value can be of any type,
   but is typically also a string or number.  As such, unknown entries
   in this dictionary MUST be disregarded by the user and tools (i.e.,
   the presence of an uknown field is explicitly NOT an error).

   The list of default qlog fields that are typically logged in
   common_fields (as opposed to as individual fields per event instance)

   o  time_format

   o  reference_time

   o  protocol_type

   o  group_id

   Tools MUST be able to deal with these fields being defined either on
   each event individually or combined in common_fields.  Note that if
   at least one event in a trace has a different value for a given
   field, this field MUST NOT be added to common_fields but instead
   defined on each event individually.  Good example of such fields are
   "time" and "data", who are divergent by nature.

4.  Guidelines for event definition documents

   This document only defines the main schema for the qlog format.  This
   is intended to be used together with specific, per-protocol event
   definitions that specify the name (category + type) and data needed
   for each individual event.  This is with the intent to allow the qlog
   main schema to be easily re-used for several protocols.  Examples
   include the QUIC event definitions [QLOG-QUIC] and HTTP/3 and QPACK
   event definitions [QLOG-H3].

   This section defines some basic annotations and concepts the creators
   of event definition documents SHOULD follow to ensure a measure of
   consistency, making it easier for qlog implementers to extrapolate
   from one protocol to another.

4.1.  Event design guidelines

   TODO: pending QUIC working group discussion.  This text reflects the
   initial (qlog draft 01 and 02) setup.

   There are several ways of defining qlog events.  In practice, we have
   seen two main types used so far: a) those that map directly to
   concepts seen in the protocols (e.g., "packet_sent") and b) those

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   that act as aggregating events that combine data from several
   possible protocol behaviours or code paths into one (e.g.,
   "parameters_set").  The latter are typically used as a means to
   reduce the amount of unique event definitions, as reflecting each
   possible protocol event as a separate qlog entity would cause an
   explosion of event types.

   Additionally, logging duplicate data is typically prevented as much
   as possible.  For example, packet header values that remain
   consistent across many packets are split into separate events (for
   example "spin_bit_updated" or "connection_id_updated" for QUIC).

   Finally, we have typically refrained from adding additional state
   change events if those state changes can be directly inferred from
   data on the wire (for example flow control limit changes) if the
   implementation is bug-free and spec-compliant.  Exceptions have been
   made for common events that benefit from being easily identifiable or
   individually logged (for example "packets_acked").

4.2.  Event importance indicators

   Depending on how events are designed, it may be that several events
   allow the logging of similar or overlapping data.  For example the
   separate QUIC "connection_started" event overlaps with the more
   generic "connection_state_updated".  In these cases, it is not always
   clear which event should be logged or used, and which event should
   take precedence if e.g., both are present and provide conflicting

   To aid in this decision making, we recommend that each event SHOULD
   have an "importance indicator" with one of three values, in
   decreasing order of importance and exptected usage:

   o  Core

   o  Base

   o  Extra

   The "Core" events are the events that SHOULD be present in all qlog
   files for a given protocol.  These are typically tied to basic packet
   and frame parsing and creation, as well as listing basic internal
   metrics.  Tool implementers SHOULD expect and add support for these
   events, though SHOULD NOT expect all Core events to be present in
   each qlog trace.

   The "Base" events add additional debugging options and CAN be present
   in qlog files.  Most of these can be implicitly inferred from data in

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   Core events (if those contain all their properties), but for many it
   is better to log the events explicitly as well, making it clearer how
   the implementation behaves.  These events are for example tied to
   passing data around in buffers, to how internal state machines change
   and help show when decisions are actually made based on received
   data.  Tool implementers SHOULD at least add support for showing the
   contents of these events, if they do not handle them explicitly.

   The "Extra" events are considered mostly useful for low-level
   debugging of the implementation, rather than the protocol.  They
   allow more fine-grained tracking of internal behaviour.  As such,
   they CAN be present in qlog files and tool implementers CAN add
   support for these, but they are not required to.

   Note that in some cases, implementers might not want to log for
   example data content details in the "Core" events due to performance
   or privacy considerations.  In this case, they SHOULD use (a subset
   of) relevant "Base" events instead to ensure usability of the qlog
   output.  As an example, implementations that do not log QUIC
   "packet_received" events and thus also not which (if any) ACK frames
   the packet contains, SHOULD log "packets_acked" events instead.

   Finally, for event types whose data (partially) overlap with other
   event types' definitions, where necessary the event definition
   document should include explicit guidance on which to use in specific

4.3.  Custom fields

   Event definition documents are free to define new category and event
   types, top-level fields (e.g., a per-event field indicating its
   privacy properties or path_id in multipath protocols), as well as
   values for the "trigger" property within the "data" field, or other
   member fields of the "data" field, as they see fit.

   They however SHOULD NOT expect non-specialized tools to recognize or
   visualize this custom data.  However, tools SHOULD make an effort to
   visualize even unknown data if possible in the specific tool's
   context.  If they do not, they MUST ignore these unknown fields.

5.  Generic events and data classes

   There are some event types and data classes that are common across
   protocols, applications and use cases that benefit from being defined
   in a single location.  This section specifies such common

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5.1.  Raw packet and frame information

   While qlog is a more high-level logging format, it also allows the
   inclusion of most raw wire image information, such as byte lengths
   and even raw byte values.  This can be useful when for example
   investigating or tuning packetization behaviour or determining
   encoding/framing overheads.  However, these fields are not always
   necessary and can take up considerable space if logged for each
   packet or frame.  They can also have a considerable privacy and
   security impact.  As such, they are grouped in a separate optional
   field called "raw" of type RawInfo (where applicable).

class RawInfo {
    length?:uint64; // the full byte length of the entity (e.g., packet or frame) including headers and trailers
    payload_length?:uint64; // the byte length of the entity's payload, without headers or trailers

    data?:bytes; // the contents of the full entity, including headers and trailers

   Note:  The RawInfo:data field can be truncated for privacy or
      security purposes (for example excluding payload data).  In this
      case, the length properties should still indicate the non-
      truncated lengths.

   Note:  We do not specify explicit header_length or trailer_length
      fields.  In most protocols, header_length can be calculated by
      subtracing the payload_length from the length (e.g., if
      trailer_length is always 0).  In protocols with trailers (e.g.,
      QUIC's AEAD tag), event definitions documents SHOULD define other
      ways of logging the trailer_length to make the header_length
      calculation possible.

      The exact definitions entities, headers, trailers and payloads
      depend on the protocol used.  If this is non-trivial, event
      definitions documents SHOULD include a clear explanation of how
      entities are mapped into the RawInfo structure.

   Note:  Relatedly, many modern protocols use Variable-Length Integer
      Encoded (VLIE) values in their headers, which are of a dynamic
      length.  Because of this, we cannot deterministally reconstruct
      the header encoding/length from non-RawInfo qlog data, as
      implementations might not necessarily employ the most efficient
      VLIE scheme for all values.  As such, to make exact size-analysis
      possible, implementers should use explicit lengths in RawInfo
      rather than reconstructing them from other qlog data.  Similarly,
      tool developers should only utilize RawInfo (and related
      information) in such tools to prevent errors.

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5.2.  Generic events

   In typical logging setups, users utilize a discrete number of well-
   defined logging categories, levels or severities to log freeform
   (string) data.  This generic events category replicates this approach
   to allow implementations to fully replace their existing text-based
   logging by qlog.  This is done by providing events to log generic
   strings for the typical well-known logging levels (error, warning,
   info, debug, verbose).

   For the events defined below, the "category" is "generic" and their
   "type" is the name of the heading in lowercase (e.g., the "name" of
   the error event is "generic:error").

5.2.1.  error

   Importance: Core

   Used to log details of an internal error that might not get reflected
   on the wire.



5.2.2.  warning

   Importance: Base

   Used to log details of an internal warning that might not get
   reflected on the wire.



5.2.3.  info

   Importance: Extra

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   Used mainly for implementations that want to use qlog as their one
   and only logging format but still want to support unstructured string



5.2.4.  debug

   Importance: Extra

   Used mainly for implementations that want to use qlog as their one
   and only logging format but still want to support unstructured string



5.2.5.  verbose

   Importance: Extra

   Used mainly for implementations that want to use qlog as their one
   and only logging format but still want to support unstructured string



5.3.  Simulation events

   When evaluating a protocol implementation, one typically sets up a
   series of interoperability or benchmarking tests, in which the test
   situations can change over time.  For example, the network bandwidth
   or latency can vary during the test, or the network can be fully
   disable for a short time.  In these setups, it is useful to know when
   exactly these conditions are triggered, to allow for proper
   correlation with other events.

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   For the events defined below, the "category" is "simulation" and
   their "type" is the name of the heading in lowercase (e.g., the
   "name" of the scenario event is "simulation:scenario").

5.3.1.  scenario

   Importance: Extra

   Used to specify which specific scenario is being tested at this
   particular instance.  This could also be reflected in the top-level
   qlog's "summary" or "configuration" fields, but having a separate
   event allows easier aggregation of several simulations into one trace
   (e.g., split by "group_id").


5.3.2.  marker

   Importance: Extra

   Used to indicate when specific emulation conditions are triggered at
   set times (e.g., at 3 seconds in 2% packet loss is introduced, at 10s
   a NAT rebind is triggered).


6.  Serializing qlog

   This document and other related qlog schema definitions are
   intentionally serialization-format agnostic.  This means that
   implementers themselves can choose how to represent and serialize
   qlog data practically on disk or on the wire.  Some examples of
   possible formats are JSON, CBOR, CSV, protocol buffers, flatbuffers,

   All these formats make certain tradeoffs between flexibility and
   efficiency, with textual formats like JSON typically being more
   flexible but also less efficient than binary formats like protocol
   buffers.  The format choice will depend on the practical use case of
   the qlog user.  For example, for use in day to day debugging, a
   plaintext readable (yet relatively large) format like JSON is
   probably preferred.  However, for use in production, a more optimized

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   yet restricted format can be better.  In this latter case, it will be
   more difficult to achieve interoperability between qlog
   implementations of various protocol stacks, as some custom or tweaked
   events from one might not be compatible with the format of the other.
   This will also reflect in tooling: not all tools will support all

   This being said, the authors prefer JSON as the basis for storing
   qlog, as it retains full flexibility and maximum interoperability.
   Storage overhead can be managed well in practice by employing
   compression.  For this reason, this document details both how to
   practically transform qlog schema definitions to JSON and to the
   streamable NDJSON.  We discuss concrete options to bring down JSON
   size and processing overheads in Section 6.3.

   As depending on the employed format different deserializers/parsers
   should be used, the "qlog_format" field is used to indicate the
   chosen serialization approach.  This field is always a string, but
   can be made hierarchical by the use of the "." separator between
   entries.  For example, a value of "JSON.optimizationA" can indicate
   that a default JSON format is being used, but that a certain
   optimization of type A was applied to the file as well (see also
   Section 6.3).

6.1.  qlog to JSON mapping

   When mapping qlog to normal JSON, the "qlog_format" field MUST have
   the value "JSON".  This is also the default qlog serialization and
   default value of this field.

   To facilitate this mapping, the qlog documents employ a format that
   is close to pure JSON for its examples and data definitions.  Still,
   as JSON is not a typed format, there are some practical peculiarities
   to observe.

6.1.1.  numbers

   While JSON has built-in support for integers up to 64 bits in size,
   not all JSON parsers do.  For example, none of the major Web browsers
   support full 64-bit integers at this time, as all numerical values
   (both floating-point numbers and integers) are internally represented
   as floating point IEEE 754 [4] values.  In practice, this limits
   their integers to a maximum value of 2^53-1.  Integers larger than
   that are either truncated or produce a JSON parsing error.  While
   this is expected to improve in the future (as "BigInt" support [5]
   has been introduced in most Browsers, though not yet integrated into
   JSON parsers), we still need to deal with it here.

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   When transforming an int64, uint64 or double from qlog to JSON, the
   implementer can thus choose to either log them as JSON numbers
   (taking the risk of truncation or un-parseability) or to log them as
   strings instead.  Logging as strings should however only be
   practically needed if the value is likely to exceed 2^53-1.  In
   practice, even though protocols such as QUIC allow 64-bit values for
   for example stream identifiers, these high numbers are unlikely to be
   reached for the overwhelming majority of cases.  As such, it is
   probably a valid trade-off to take the risk and log 64-bit values as
   JSON numbers instead of strings.

   Tools processing JSON-based qlog SHOULD however be able to deal with
   64-bit fields being serialized as either strings or numbers.

6.1.2.  bytes

   Unlike most binary formats, JSON does not allow the logging of raw
   binary blobs directly.  As such, when serializing a byte or
   array<byte>, a scheme needs to be chosen.

   To represent qlog bytes in JSON, they MUST be serialized to their
   lowercase hexadecimal equivalents (with 0 prefix for values lower
   than 10).  All values are directly appended to each other, without
   delimiters.  The full value is not prefixed with 0x (as is sometimes
   common).  An example is given in Figure 15.

For the five raw unsigned byte input values of: 5 20 40 171 255, the JSON serialization is:

    raw: "051428abff"

                 Figure 15: Example for serializing bytes

   As such, the resulting string will always have an even amount of
   characters and the original byte-size can be retrieved by dividing
   the string length by 2.  Truncated values

   In some cases, it can be interesting not to log a full raw blob but
   instead a truncated value (for example, only the first 100 bytes of
   an HTTP response body to be able to discern which file it actually
   contained).  In these cases, the original byte-size length cannot be
   obtained from the serialized value directly.  As such, all qlog
   schema definitions SHOULD include a separate, length-indicating field
   for all fields of type array<byte> they specify.  This allows always
   retrieving the original length, but also allows the omission of any

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   raw value bytes of the field completely (e.g., out of privacy or
   security considerations).

   To reduce overhead however and in the case the full raw value is
   logged, the extra length-indicating field can be left out.  As such,
   tools MUST be able to deal with this situation and derive the length
   of the field from the raw value if no separate length-indicating
   field is present.  All possible permutations are shown by example in
   Figure 16.

// both the full raw value and its length are present (length is redundant)
    "raw_length": 5,
    "raw": "051428abff"

// only the raw value is present, indicating it represents the fields full value
// the byte length is obtained by calculating raw.length / 2
    "raw": "051428abff"

// only the length field is present, meaning the value was omitted
    "raw_length": 5,

// both fields are present and the lengths do not match: the value was truncated to the first three bytes.
    "raw_length": 5,
    "raw": "051428"

            Figure 16: Example for serializing truncated bytes

6.1.3.  Summarizing table

   By definition, JSON strings are serialized surrounded by quotes.
   Numbers without.

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            | qlog type | JSON type                           |
            | int8      | number                              |
            | int16     | number                              |
            | int32     | number                              |
            | uint8     | number                              |
            | uint16    | number                              |
            | uint32    | number                              |
            | float     | number                              |
            | int64     | number or string                    |
            | uint64    | number or string                    |
            | double    | number or string                    |
            | bytes     | string (lowercase hex value)        |
            | string    | string                              |
            | boolean   | string ("true" or "false")          |
            | enum      | string (full value/name, not index) |
            | any       | object  ( {...} )                   |
            | array     | array   ( [...] )                   |

6.1.4.  Other JSON specifics

   JSON files by definition ([RFC8259]) MUST utilize the UTF-8 encoding,
   both for the file itself and the string values.

   Most JSON parsers strictly follow the JSON specification.  This
   includes the rule that trailing comma's are not allowed.  As it is
   frequently annoying to remove these trailing comma's when logging
   events in a streaming fashion, tool implementers SHOULD allow the
   last event entry of a qlog trace to be an empty object.  This allows
   loggers to simply close the qlog file by appending "{}]}]}" after
   their last added event.

   Finally, while not specifically required by the JSON specification,
   all qlog field names in a JSON serialization MUST be lowercase.

6.2.  qlog to NDJSON mapping

   One of the downsides of using pure JSON is that it is inherently a
   non-streamable format.  Put differently, it is not possible to simply
   append new qlog events to a log file without "closing" this file at
   the end by appending "]}]}".  Without these closing tags, most JSON
   parsers will be unable to parse the file entirely.  As most platforms
   do not provide a standard streaming JSON parser (which would be able
   to deal with this problem), this document also provides a qlog
   mapping to a streamable JSON format called Newline-Delimited JSON
   (NDJSON) [6].

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   When mapping qlog to NDJSON, the "qlog_format" field MUST have the
   value "NDJSON".

   NDJSON is very similar to JSON, except that it interprets each line
   in a file as a fully separate JSON object.  Put differently, unlike
   default JSON, it does not require a file to be wrapped as a full
   object with "{ ... }" or "[ ... ]".  Using this setup, qlog events
   can simply be appended as individually serialized lines at the back
   of a streamed logging file.

   For this to work, some qlog definitions have to be adjusted however.
   Mainly, events are no longer part of the "events" array in the Trace
   object, but are instead logged separately from the qlog "file header"
   (QlogFile class in Section 3).  Additionally, qlog's NDJSON mapping
   does not allow logging multiple individual traces in a single qlog
   file.  As such, the QlogFile:traces field is replaced by the singular
   "trace" field, which simply contains the Trace data directly.  An
   example can be seen in Figure 17.  Note that the "group_id" field can
   still be used on a per-event basis to include events from
   conceptually different sources in a single NDJSON qlog file.

   Note as well from Figure 17 that the file's header (QlogFileNDJSON)
   also needs to be fully serialized on a single line to be NDJSON


class QlogFileNDJSON {
    qlog_format: "NDJSON",

    summary?: Summary,
    trace: Trace
// list of qlog events, separated by newlines

NDJSON serialization:

{"qlog_format":"NDJSON","qlog_version":"draft-03-WIP","title":"Name of this particular NDJSON qlog file (short)","description":"Description for this NDJSON qlog file (long)","trace":{"common_fields":{"protocol_type": ["QUIC","HTTP3"],"group_id":"127ecc830d98f9d54a42c4f0842aa87e181a","time_format":"relative","reference_time":"1553986553572"},"vantage_point":{"name":"backend-67","type":"server"}}}
{"time": 2, "name": "transport:packet_received", "data": { ... } }
{"time": 7, "name": "http:frame_parsed", "data": { ... } }

                       Figure 17: Top-level element

   Finally, while not specifically required by the NDJSON specification,
   all qlog field names in a NDJSON serialization MUST be lowercase.

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6.2.1.  Supporting NDJSON in tooling

   Note that NDJSON is not supported in most default programming
   environments (unlike normal JSON).  However, several custom NDJSON
   parsing libraries exist [7] that can be used and the format is easy
   enough to parse with existing implementations (i.e., by splitting the
   file into its component lines and feeding them to a normal JSON
   parser individually, as each line by itself is a valid JSON object).

6.3.  Other optimizated formatting options

   Both the JSON and NDJSON formatting options described above are
   serviceable in general small to medium scale (debugging) setups.
   However, these approaches tend to be relatively verbose, leading to
   larger file sizes.  Additionally, generalized (ND)JSON
   (de)serialization performance is typically (slightly) lower than that
   of more optimized and predictable formats.  Both aspects make these
   formats more challenging (though still practical [8]) to use in large
   scale setups.

   During the development of qlog, we compared a multitude of
   alternative formatting and optimization options.  The results of this
   study are summarized on the qlog github repository [9].  The rest of
   this section discusses some of these approaches implementations could
   choose and the expected gains and tradeoffs inherent therein.  Tools
   SHOULD support mainly the compression options listed in
   Section 6.3.2, as they provide the largest wins for the least cost

   Over time, specific qlog formats and encodings can be created that
   more formally define and combine some of the discussed optimizations
   or add new ones.  We choose to define these schemes in separate
   documents to keep the main qlog definition clean and generalizable,
   as not all contexts require the same performance or flexibility as
   others and qlog is intended to be a broadly usable and extensible
   format (for example more flexibility is needed in earlier stages of
   protocol development, while more performance is typically needed in
   later stages).  This is also the main reason why the general qlog
   format is the less optimized JSON instead of a more performant

   To be able to easily distinguish between these options in qlog
   compatible tooling (without the need to have the user provide out-of-
   band information or to (heuristically) parse and process files in a
   multitude of ways, see also Section 8), we recommend using explicit
   file extensions to indicate specific formats.  As there are no
   standards in place for this type of extension to format mapping, we
   employ a commonly used scheme here.  Our approach is to list the

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   applied optimizations in the extension in ascending order of
   application (e.g., if a qlog file is first optimized with technique A
   and then compressed with technique B, the resulting file would have
   the extension ".qlog.A.B").  This allows tooling to start at the back
   of the extension to "undo" applied optimizations to finally arrive at
   the expected qlog representation.

6.3.1.  Data structure optimizations

   The first general category of optimizations is to alter the
   representation of data within an (ND)JSON qlog file to reduce file

   The first option is to employ a scheme similar to the CSV (comma
   separated value [rfc4180]) format, which utilizes the concept of
   column "headers" to prevent repeating field names for each datapoint
   instance.  Concretely for JSON qlog, several field names are repeated
   with each event (i.e., time, name, data).  These names could be
   extracted into a separate list, after which qlog events could be
   serialized as an array of values, as opposed to a full object.  This
   approach was a key part of the original qlog format (prior to draft
   02) using the "event_fields" field.  However, tests showed that this
   optimization only provided a mean file size reduction of 5% (100MB to
   95MB) while significantly increasing the implementation complexity,
   and this approach was abandoned in favor of the default JSON setup.
   Implementations using this format should not employ a separate file
   extension (as it still uses JSON), but rather employ a new value of
   "JSON.namedheaders" (or "NDJSON.namedheaders") for the "qlog_format"
   field (see Section 3).

   The second option is to replace field values and/or names with
   indices into a (dynamic) lookup table.  This is a common compression
   technique and can provide significant file size reductions (up to 50%
   in our tests, 100MB to 50MB).  However, this approach is even more
   difficult to implement efficiently and requires either including the
   (dynamic) table in the resulting file (an approach taken by for
   example Chromium's NetLog format [10]) or defining a (static) table
   up-front and sharing this between implementations.  Implementations
   using this approach should not employ a separate file extension (as
   it still uses JSON), but rather employ a new value of
   "JSON.dictionary" (or "NDJSON.dictionary") for the "qlog_format"
   field (see Section 3).

   As both options either proved difficult to implement, reduced qlog
   file readability, and provided too little improvement compared to
   other more straightforward options (for example Section 6.3.2), these
   schemes are not inherently part of qlog.

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6.3.2.  Compression

   The second general category of optimizations is to utilize a
   (generic) compression scheme for textual data.  As qlog in the
   (ND)JSON format typically contains a large amount of repetition, off-
   the-shelf (text) compression techniques typically succeed very well
   in bringing down file sizes (regularly with up to two orders of
   magnitude in our tests, even for "fast" compression levels).  As
   such, utilizing compression is recommended before attempting other
   optimization options, even though this might (somewhat) increase
   processing costs due to the additional compression step.

   The first option is to use GZIP compression ([RFC1952]).  This
   generic compression scheme provides multiple compression levels
   (providing a trade-off between compression speed and size reduction).
   Utilized at level 6 (a medium setting thought to be applicable for
   streaming compression of a qlog stream in commodity devices), gzip
   compresses qlog JSON files to 7% of their initial size on average
   (100MB to 7MB).  For this option, the file extension .qlog.gz SHOULD
   BE used.  The "qlog_format" field should still reflect the original
   JSON formatting of the qlog data (e.g., "JSON" or "NDJSON").

   The second option is to use Brotli compression ([RFC7932]).  While
   similar to gzip, this more recent compression scheme provides a
   better efficiency.  It also allows multiple compression levels.
   Utilized at level 4 (a medium setting thought to be applicable for
   streaming compression of a qlog stream in commodity devices), brotli
   compresses qlog JSON files to 7% of their initial size on average
   (100MB to 7MB).  For this option, the file extension .qlog.br SHOULD
   BE used.  The "qlog_format" field should still reflect the original
   JSON formatting of the qlog data (e.g., "JSON" or "NDJSON").

   Other compression algorithms of course exist (for example xz, zstd,
   and lz4).  We mainly recommend gzip and brotli because of their
   tweakable behaviour and wide support in web-based environments, which
   we envision as the main tooling ecosystem (see also Section 8).

6.3.3.  Binary formats

   The third general category of optimizations is to use a more
   optimized (often binary) format instead of the textual JSON format.
   This approach inherently produces smaller files and often has better
   (de)serialization performance.  However, the resultant files are no
   longer human readable and some formats require hard tradeoffs between
   flexibility for performance.

   The first option is to use the CBOR (Concise Binary Object
   Representation [rfc7049]) format.  For our purposes, CBOR can be

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   viewed as a straighforward binary variant of JSON.  As such, existing
   JSON qlog files can be trivially converted to and from CBOR (though
   slightly more work is needed for NDJSON qlogs).  While CBOR thus does
   retain the full qlog flexibility, it only provides a 25% file size
   reduction (100MB to 75MB) compared to textual (ND)JSON.  As CBOR
   support in programming environments is not as widespread as that of
   textual JSON and the format lacks human readability, CBOR was not
   chosen as the default qlog format.  For this option, the file
   extension .qlog.cbor SHOULD BE used.  The "qlog_format" field should
   still reflect the original JSON formatting of the qlog data (e.g.,
   "JSON" or "NDJSON").

   A second option is to use a more specialized binary format, such as
   Protocol Buffers [11] (protobuf).  This format is battle-tested, has
   support for optional fields and has libraries in most programming
   languages.  Still, it is significantly less flexible than textual
   JSON or CBOR, as it relies on a separate, pre-defined schema (a
   .proto file).  As such, it it not possible to (easily) log new event
   types in protobuf files without adjusting this schema as well, which
   has its own practical challenges.  As qlog is intended to be a
   flexible, general purpose format, this type of format was not chosen
   as its basic serialization.  The lower flexibility does lead to
   significantly reduced file sizes.  Our straightforward mapping of the
   qlog main schema and QUIC/HTTP3 event types to protobuf created qlog
   files 24% as large as the raw JSON equivalents (100MB to 24MB).  For
   this option, the file extension .qlog.protobuf SHOULD BE used.  The
   "qlog_format" field should reflect the different internal format, for
   example: "qlog_format": "protobuf".

   Note that binary formats can (and should) also be used in conjunction
   with compression (see Section 6.3.2).  For example, CBOR compresses
   well (to about 6% of the original textual JSON size (100MB to 6MB)
   for both gzip and brotli) and so does protobuf (5% (gzip) to 3%
   (brotli)).  However, these gains are similar to the ones achieved by
   simply compression the textual JSON equivalents directly (7%, see
   Section 6.3.2).  As such, since compression is still needed to
   achieve optimal file size reductions event with binary formats, we
   feel the more flexible compressed textual JSON options are a better
   default for the qlog format in general.

6.3.4.  Overview and summary

   In summary, textual JSON was chosen as the main qlog format due to
   its high flexibility and because its inefficiencies can be largely
   solved by the utilization of compression techniques (which are needed
   to achieve optimal results with other formats as well).

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   Still, qlog implementers are free to define other qlog formats
   depending on their needs and context of use.  These formats should be
   described in their own documents, the discussion in this document
   mainly acting as inspiration and high-level guidance.  Implementers
   are encouraged to add concrete qlog formats and definitions to the
   designated public repository [12].

   The following table provides an overview of all the discussed qlog
   formatting options with examples:

   | format                   | qlog_format           | extension      |
   | JSON Section 6.1         | JSON                  | .qlog          |
   | NDJSON  Section 6.2      | NDJSON                | .qlog          |
   | named headers            | (ND)JSON.namedheaders | .qlog          |
   | Section 6.3.1            |                       |                |
   | dictionary Section 6.3.1 | (ND)JSON.dictionary   | .qlog          |
   | CBOR Section 6.3.3       | (ND)JSON              | .qlog.cbor     |
   | protobuf Section 6.3.3   | protobuf              | .qlog.protobuf |
   |                          |                       |                |
   | gzip Section 6.3.2       | no change             | .gz suffix     |
   | brotli Section 6.3.2     | no change             | .br suffix     |

6.4.  Conversion between formats

   As discussed in the previous sections, a qlog file can be serialized
   in a multitude of formats, each of which can conceivably be
   transformed into or from one another without loss of information.
   For example, a number of NDJSON streamed qlogs could be combined into
   a JSON formatted qlog for later processing.  Similarly, a captured
   binary qlog could be transformed to JSON for easier interpretation
   and sharing.

   Secondly, we can also consider other structured logging approaches
   that contain similar (though typically not identical) data to qlog,
   like raw packet capture files (for example .pcap files from tcpdump)
   or endpoint-specific logging formats (for example the NetLog format
   in Google Chrome).  These are sometimes the only options, if an
   implementation cannot or will not support direct qlog output for any
   reason, but does provide other internal or external (e.g.,
   SSLKEYLOGFILE export to allow decryption of packet captures) logging
   options For this second category, a (partial) transformation from/to
   qlog can also be defined.

   As such, when defining a new qlog serialization format or wanting to
   utilize qlog-compatible tools with existing codebases lacking qlog

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   support, it is recommended to define and provide a concrete mapping
   from one format to default JSON-serialized qlog.  Several of such
   mappings exist.  Firstly, [pcap2qlog]((https://github.com/quiclog/
   pcap2qlog) transforms QUIC and HTTP/3 packet capture files to qlog.
   Secondly, netlog2qlog [13] converts chromium's internal dictionary-
   encoded JSON format to qlog.  Finally, quictrace2qlog [14] converts
   the older quictrace format to JSON qlog.  Tools can then easily
   integrate with these converters (either by incorporating them
   directly or for example using them as a (web-based) API) so users can
   provide different file types with ease.  For example, the qvis [15]
   toolsuite supports a multitude of formats and qlog serializations.

7.  Methods of access and generation

   Different implementations will have different ways of generating and
   storing qlogs.  However, there is still value in defining a few
   default ways in which to steer this generation and access of the

7.1.  Set file output destination via an environment variable

   To provide users control over where and how qlog files are created,
   we define two environment variables.  The first, QLOGFILE, indicates
   a full path to where an individual qlog file should be stored.  This
   path MUST include the full file extension.  The second, QLOGDIR, sets
   a general directory path in which qlog files should be placed.  This
   path MUST include the directory separator character at the end.

   In general, QLOGDIR should be preferred over QLOGFILE if an endpoint
   is prone to generate multiple qlog files.  This can for example be
   the case for a QUIC server implementation that logs each QUIC
   connection in a separate qlog file.  An alternative that uses
   QLOGFILE would be a QUIC server that logs all connections in a single
   file and uses the "group_id" field (Section 3.4.6) to allow post-hoc
   separation of events.

   Implementations SHOULD provide support for QLOGDIR and MAY provide
   support for QLOGFILE.

   When using QLOGDIR, it is up to the implementation to choose an
   appropriate naming scheme for the qlog files themselves.  The chosen
   scheme will typically depend on the context or protocols used.  For
   example, for QUIC, it is recommended to use the Original Destination
   Connection ID (ODCID), followed by the vantage point type of the
   logging endpoint.  Examples of all options for QUIC are shown in
   Figure 18.

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Command: QLOGFILE=/srv/qlogs/client.qlog quicclientbinary

Should result in the the quicclientbinary executable logging a single qlog file named client.qlog in the /srv/qlogs directory.
This is for example useful in tests when the client sets up just a single connection and then exits.

Command: QLOGDIR=/srv/qlogs/ quicserverbinary

Should result in the quicserverbinary executable generating several logs files, one for each QUIC connection.
Given two QUIC connections, with ODCID values "abcde" and "12345" respectively, this would result in two files:

Command: QLOGFILE=/srv/qlogs/server.qlog quicserverbinary

Should result in the the quicserverbinary executable logging a single qlog file named server.qlog in the /srv/qlogs directory.
Given that the server handled two QUIC connections before it was shut down, with ODCID values "abcde" and "12345" respectively,
this would result in event instances in the qlog file being tagged with the "group_id" field with values "abcde" and "12345".

    Figure 18: Environment variable examples for a QUIC implementation

7.2.  Access logs via a well-known endpoint

   After generation, qlog implementers MAY make available generated logs
   and traces on an endpoint (typically the server) via the following
   .well-known URI:


   The IDENTIFIER variable depends on the context and the protocol.  For
   example for QUIC, the lowercase Original Destination Connection ID
   (ODCID) is recommended, as it can uniquely identify a connection.
   Additionally, the extension depends on the chosen format (see
   Section 6.3.4).  For example, for a QUIC connection with ODCID
   "abcde", the endpoint for fetching its default JSON-formatted .qlog
   file would be:


   Implementers SHOULD allow users to fetch logs for a given connection
   on a 2nd, separate connection.  This helps prevent pollution of the
   logs by fetching them over the same connection that one wishes to
   observe through the log.  Ideally, for the QUIC use case, the logs
   should also be approachable via an HTTP/2 or HTTP/1.1 endpoint (i.e.,
   on TCP port 443), to for example aid debugging in the case where
   QUIC/UDP is blocked on the network.

   qlog implementers SHOULD NOT enable this .well-known endpoint in
   typical production settings to prevent (malicious) users from

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   downloading logs from other connections.  Implementers are advised to
   disable this endpoint by default and require specific actions from
   the end users to enable it (and potentially qlog itself).
   Implementers MUST also take into account the general privacy and
   security guidelines discussed in Section 9 before exposing qlogs to
   outside actors.

8.  Tooling requirements

   Tools ingestion qlog MUST indicate which qlog version(s), qlog
   format(s), compression methods and potentially other input file
   formats (for example .pcap) they support.  Tools SHOULD at least
   support .qlog files in the default JSON format (Section 6.1).
   Additionally, they SHOULD indicate exactly which values for and
   properties of the name (category and type) and data fields they look
   for to execute their logic.  Tools SHOULD perform a (high-level)
   check if an input qlog file adheres to the expected qlog schema.  If
   a tool determines a qlog file does not contain enough supported
   information to correctly execute the tool's logic, it SHOULD generate
   a clear error message to this effect.

   Tools MUST NOT produce breaking errors for any field names and/or
   values in the qlog format that they do not recognize.  Tools SHOULD
   indicate even unknown event occurences within their context (e.g.,
   marking unknown events on a timeline for manual interpretation by the

   Tool authors should be aware that, depending on the logging
   implementation, some events will not always be present in all traces.
   For example, using a circular logging buffer of a fixed size, it
   could be that the earliest events (e.g., connection setup events) are
   later overwritten by "newer" events.  Alternatively, some events can
   be intentionally omitted out of privacy or file size considerations.
   Tool authors are encouraged to make their tools robust enough to
   still provide adequate output for incomplete logs.

9.  Security and privacy considerations

   TODO : discuss privacy and security considerations (e.g., what NOT to
   log, what to strip out of a log before sharing, ...)

   TODO: strip out/don't log IPs, ports, specific CIDs, raw user data,
   exact times, HTTP HEADERS (or at least :path), SNI values

   TODO: see if there is merit in encrypting the logs and having the
   server choose an encryption key (e.g., sent in transport parameters)

   Good initial reference: Christian Huitema's blogpost [16]

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10.  IANA Considerations

   TODO: primarily the .well-known URI

11.  References

11.1.  Normative References

   [QLOG-H3]  Marx, R., Ed., Niccolini, L., Ed., and M. Seemann, Ed.,
              "HTTP/3 and QPACK event definitions for qlog", draft-marx-
              qlog-h3-events-00 (work in progress).

              Marx, R., Ed., Niccolini, L., Ed., and M. Seemann, Ed.,
              "QUIC event definitions for qlog", draft-marx-qlog-quic-
              events-00 (work in progress).

11.2.  Informative References

   [RFC1952]  Deutsch, P., "GZIP file format specification version 4.3",
              RFC 1952, DOI 10.17487/RFC1952, May 1996,

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,

   [rfc4180]  Shafranovich, Y., "Common Format and MIME Type for Comma-
              Separated Values (CSV) Files", RFC 4180,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC4180, October 2005,

   [rfc7049]  Bormann, C. and P. Hoffman, "Concise Binary Object
              Representation (CBOR)", RFC 7049, DOI 10.17487/RFC7049,
              October 2013, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7049>.

   [RFC7932]  Alakuijala, J. and Z. Szabadka, "Brotli Compressed Data
              Format", RFC 7932, DOI 10.17487/RFC7932, July 2016,

   [RFC8259]  Bray, T., Ed., "The JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) Data
              Interchange Format", STD 90, RFC 8259,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8259, December 2017,

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11.3.  URIs

   [1] https://github.com/quiclog/internet-drafts

   [2] https://www.typescriptlang.org/

   [3] https://qvis.edm.uhasselt.be

   [4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floating-point_arithmetic

   [5] https://developer.mozilla.org/en-

   [6] http://ndjson.org/

   [7] http://ndjson.org/libraries.html

   [8] https://qlog.edm.uhasselt.be/anrw/

   [9] https://github.com/quiclog/internet-drafts/

   [10] https://www.chromium.org/developers/design-documents/network-

   [11] https://developers.google.com/protocol-buffers

   [12] https://github.com/quiclog/qlog

   [13] https://github.com/quiclog/qvis/tree/master/visualizations/src/

   [14] https://github.com/quiclog/quictrace2qlog

   [15] https://qvis.edm.uhasselt.be

   [16] https://huitema.wordpress.com/2020/07/21/scrubbing-quic-logs-

   [17] https://github.com/google/quic-trace

   [18] https://github.com/EricssonResearch/spindump

   [19] https://www.wireshark.org/

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Appendix A.  Change Log

A.1.  Since draft-marx-qlog-main-schema-draft-02:

   o  These changes were done in preparation of the adoption of the
      drafts by the QUIC working group (#137)

   o  Moved RawInfo, Importance, Generic events and Simulation events to
      this document.

   o  Added basic event definition guidelines

   o  Made protocol_type an array instead of a string (#146)

A.2.  Since draft-marx-qlog-main-schema-01:

   o  Decoupled qlog from the JSON format and described a mapping
      instead (#89)

      *  Data types are now specified in this document and proper
         definitions for fields were added in this format

      *  64-bit numbers can now be either strings or numbers, with a
         preference for numbers (#10)

      *  binary blobs are now logged as lowercase hex strings (#39, #36)

      *  added guidance to add length-specifiers for binary blobs (#102)

   o  Removed "time_units" from Configuration.  All times are now in ms
      instead (#95)

   o  Removed the "event_fields" setup for a more straightforward JSON
      format (#101,#89)

   o  Added a streaming option using the NDJSON format (#109,#2,#106)

   o  Described optional optimization options for implementers (#30)

   o  Added QLOGDIR and QLOGFILE environment variables, clarified the
      .well-known URL usage (#26,#33,#51)

   o  Overall tightened up the text and added more examples

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A.3.  Since draft-marx-qlog-main-schema-00:

   o  All field names are now lowercase (e.g., category instead of

   o  Triggers are now properties on the "data" field value, instead of
      separate field types (#23)

   o  group_ids in common_fields is now just also group_id

Appendix B.  Design Variations

   o  Quic-trace [17] takes a slightly different approach based on

   o  Spindump [18] also defines a custom text-based format for in-
      network measurements

   o  Wireshark [19] also has a QUIC dissector and its results can be
      transformed into a json output format using tshark.

   The idea is that qlog is able to encompass the use cases for both of
   these alternate designs and that all tooling converges on the qlog

Appendix C.  Acknowledgements

   Much of the initial work by Robin Marx was done at Hasselt

   Thanks to Jana Iyengar, Brian Trammell, Dmitri Tikhonov, Stephen
   Petrides, Jari Arkko, Marcus Ihlar, Victor Vasiliev, Mirja
   Kuehlewind, Jeremy Laine and Lucas Pardue for their feedback and

Authors' Addresses

   Robin Marx (editor)
   KU Leuven

   Email: robin.marx@kuleuven.be

   Luca Niccolini (editor)

   Email: lniccolini@fb.com

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   Marten Seemann (editor)
   Protocol Labs

   Email: marten@protocol.ai

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