May 26, 2018

Process logfiles and conditionally perform certain actions

Logsurfer is a program for monitoring system logs in real-time, and reporting on the occurrence of events. It is similar to the well-known swatch program on which it is based, but offers a number of advanced features which swatch does not support.

Logsurfer is capable of grouping related log entries together - for instance, when a system boots it usually creates a high number of log messages. In this case, logsurfer can be setup to group boot-time messages together and forward them in a single Email message to the system administrator under the subject line “Host xxx has just booted”. Swatch just couldn’t do this properly.

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