CrossNodes: Sawing Linux Logs with Simple Tools

“So there you are with all of your Linux servers humming along
happily. You have tested, tweaked, and configured until they are
performing at their peak of perfection. Users are hardly whining at
all. Life is good. You may relax and indulge in some nice, relaxing
rounds of TuxKart. After all, you earned it.

“Except for one little remaining chore: monitoring your log
files. [insert horrible alarming music of your choice here.] You’re
conscientious, so you know you can’t just ignore the logs until
there’s a problem, especially for public services like Web and
mail. Somewhere up in the pointy-haired suites, they may even be
plotting to require you to track and analyze all sorts of server


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