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Filtering irrelevant stack trace lines in logs

I love stack traces. Not because I love errors, but the moment they occur, stack trace is priceless source of information. For instance in web application the stack trace shows you the complete request processing path, from HTTP socket, through filters, servlets, controllers, services, DAOs, etc. - up to the place, where an error occurred. You can read them as a good book, where every event has cause and effect. I even implemented some enhancements in the way Logback prints exceptions, see Logging exceptions root cause first.

But one thing's been bothering me for a while. The infamous “stack trace from hell" symptom – stack traces containing hundreds of irrelevant, cryptic, often auto-generated methods. AOP frameworks and over-engineered libraries tend to produce insanely long execution traces. Let me show a real-life example. In a sample application I am using the following technology stack:
Colours are important. According to framework/layer colour I painted a sample stack …