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Software for monitoring server events
Looking for an Open Source events monitor/analyser
Marcus Stafford

 7:29 am on Jun 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

I've got a couple of VPS in the UK and rather than pay a techie to sort through the event logs when something happens I'd rather see what caused the error myself.

I've looked at complicated stuff like Nagios but I need something simple I can install myself and see logs and events in a nice GUI.

Anyone know of such a thing?




 7:51 am on Jun 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Do you want something that runs on the server, or a 3rd party service?

Marcus Stafford

 10:58 am on Jun 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Something that runs on the server. I've got a third-party uptime monitor which is great but doesn't tell me why the server was slow or went down.


 11:49 am on Jun 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

welcome to WebmasterWorld, Marcus Stafford!

are you looking to monitor just the web server logs?
or do you also need to monitor db performance, memory usage, cpu load, etc?

Marcus Stafford

 11:51 am on Jun 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

I'm using Munin for the latter but really just need an event/log monitor.


 12:22 pm on Jun 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

i'm not sure what you precisely mean by "event".

usually, finding an error involves knowing what time stamp to look for and finding that problem in the access and/or error logs.

many OS distributions include helpful tools, so you might want to explore that avenue.

i haven't tried it, but you might want to look at wtop and logrep.
wtop - "top" for Apache and other webservers, plus powerful log grepping - Google Project Hosting:
http://code.google.com/p/wtop/ [code.google.com]

i typically use general-purpose command line text processing tools to explore the log files like (e)grep, cut, sort, uniq, wc, etc.
i also wrote a script i use to do certain types of analysis.

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