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Software for monitoring server events

Looking for an Open Source events monitor/analyser

     
7:29 am on Jun 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

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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?

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7:51 am on June 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Do you want something that runs on the server, or a 3rd party service?
10:58 am on June 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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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 June 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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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?
11:51 am on June 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm using Munin for the latter but really just need an event/log monitor.
12:22 pm on June 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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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.
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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.