Currently we were maintaining all application logs in the file. If we run our application on multi-server environment all the logs will spread over different servers. In case of debugging we need to check the logs in all servers which is difficult task.

Can some one suggest me good log management tool to show some stats and centralize the logs in all servers to the same place?

  • What OS do the servers run?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 7:32
  • Are you OK with command-line? If not, what UI do you want?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 7:32
  • It can run on both windows and linux servers. What do you mean by 'what UI' ? Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 7:32
  • Here I am looking for a third party management tool(with UI) with which I can view or manage all the logs in different servers at common place. Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 8:13
  • Are you OK with installing SSH servers on all servers? Or any other kind of agent?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 11:14

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If you are running unix, linux, or any of the BSD variants, your logging facility is syslog. In it you can log to a syslog daemon on another host.

Mac is mostly unix under the hood, but apple has hacked it a lot. It may or may not work.

Windows? havn't a sniff.

There's another program, netcat, that in effect constructs a network pipe. Log to a file. Point netcat with one end watching the file, and the other end sending data to a host.

See https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=netcat&manpath=SuSE+Linux/i386+11.3

Note that for timestamps to make sense, you need to have everyone agreeing what time it is. If you don't already, run ntpd on all your machines, and configure one to sync to some time standard, and broadcast time to your local network.

You also may need to do some data massaging to get finer time granularity. Most timestamps are only to the second. If you are logging multiple services from multiple hosts, you want a strict time sequence.

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