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Does homebrew keep logs, and if so where?

I did a brew update which broke python support in macvim, and now I can't even get macvim to build. I'm hoping that there are some clues in the log.

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Homebrew creates log files in your Library folder at: ~/Library/Logs/Homebrew/

You can view the log files by holding down Option and using the Finder menu item: Go > Library, then navigating to Logs > Homebrew.

Alternatively, you can use the application to browse to the log files.

Homebrew History

The default creation of individual log files was added during 2013 to Homebrew.

Homebrew issue #10430 talks about logging and build errors. The issue report mentions no log file is kept but explains that a log can be created with the command format:

brew install <formula> 2>&1 | tee install.log
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Logs seem to be in ~/Library/Logs/Homebrew/... They can be viewed either using command line utilities or the Console app.

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