I remember stumbling across this panel while scripting that showed logs of things happening in real time inside of After Effects. We were also able to type in commands that told AE to do things. Its appearance was sort of a dark grey background with a small bar at the bottom & no auto-complete for anything typed in it.
It feels like I'm hallucinating it honestly. I've looked online & failed to find a screenshot of it. I've asked around & no one seems to have heard of it before. I've looked through every dropdown, extension, & ounce of sanity I could find too. I'm using the same machine & environment as before so it was highly unlikely it's something I forgot to install either.
Example log entries would be something like this when I would unminimize AE:
Ah I see, that's interesting. The thing is though, I've managed to get it up before on my installation but don't remember how. Could there a possibility that there are some flags or run arguments to use it regardless?
There is a hack where you can place a dummy debug log file into the user directory and enable the panel via some shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F1 or something), but even that does not work with every build.