Log analysis server suggestions?

Kurt Buff kurt.buff at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 09:32:43 PST 2006

Ashley Moran wrote:
> Until recently I had a server running syslog-ng set to archive all logs into 
> server/year/month/day/ directories.  Now the server is running in amd64, 
> we've lost our hi-res scrolling display so I want to look at a better log 
> watching system.
> I've read about logging to a database.  I quite like the idea of storing our 
> logs in PostgreSQL (I don't like MySQL and don't want to get involved in 
> administering a second database).  I know I can log to a PG database quite 
> easily, but I don't know how I can get the data back out without writing 
> manual queries.
> Here is what I need:
> - Logs stored for the last 6 months or so, and easily searchable
> - Live log watching
> - Log analysis
> I might try swatch for the live log watching as this is not affected by the 
> choice of log storage and seems the best tool for the job.
> As for searching / analysis, I've seen php-syslog-ng 
> ( http://www.vermeer.org/projects/php-syslog-ng ), which looks very basic, 
> and phpLogCon ( http://www.phplogcon.com/ ), which does not support PG 
> anyway.  Is there anything better GUI-wise?
> Maybe I am best keeping the logs in text files for now, and spending more time 
> on swatch.
> Any thoughts?
> Cheers
> Ashley

http://www.loganalysis.org, and the related listserv might be well worth
your time...

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