[syslog-ng] Suppress almost-identical messages?
cdukes at gmail.com
Fri May 23 00:38:59 CEST 2014
You could also try LogZilla - it automatically deduplicates messages.
On Thu, May 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM, Evade Flow <evadeflow at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for the response, it really helped me see how syslog-ng can break
> apart an input stream and re-assemble it. Seems very powerful!
> With regard to filtering/pattern matching: do I need to know the patterns
> to be matched in advance? In my case, unfortunately, I do not. Some of
> these apps were written by people I've never met, and the SLOC count for
> all apps taken together is well over 1 million lines of code. I suppose I
> could run the app hundreds of times under various loads, collect
> representative log files, and build the pattern database from those?
> On Thu, May 22, 2014 at 2:58 PM, Fabien Wernli <wernli at in2p3.fr> wrote:
>> On Thu, May 22, 2014 at 01:55:58PM -0400, Evade Flow wrote:
>> > Does syslog-ng support suppression of almost-but-not-quite identical
>> > messages? It would be nice to see something like this in the logs:
>> Here's the way I'd try doing it, based on your example:
>> 1) Use filters to separate the "myapp: Battery voltage is N volts" message
>> flow from all other messages.
>> 2) Tag the "Regular flow" of messages using e.g. the tag "keep"
>> Optionally tag the other stream using "drop"
>> 3) Parse the "myapp" messages using a patterndb parser, correlating all
>> messages from the same host, then trigger an action upon timeout or
>> reaching threshold (use context-length macro). The generated message
>> contain useful information from the context, e.g. number of similar
>> messages (CONTEXT_LENGTH), average of voltages (would probably need
>> template function acrobatics), etc.
>> 4) Tag the action generated message using "keep"
>> 5) Filter out all messages not having the tag "keep". This way the
>> individual "myapp" messages won't be logged. Only the "regular flow" of
>> messages and the triggered messages will.
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