I am looking for a convenient tool to view and manage my Linux (Debian, postfix, dovecot, iptables, etc) server logs. Would you, please, share your choice and experience?

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    Do you want to lock at logs of a specific server or aggregate the logs of many servers? Have you looked at splunk.
    – Zoredache
    Jul 13, 2010 at 22:28

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Splunk! Surely there's an ad somewhere on this very page :)

Download Splunk for free. You'll get all of the Enterprise features of Splunk for 60 days and you can index up to 500 megabytes of data per day. After 60 days, or anytime before then, you can convert to a perpetual Free license or purchase an Enterprise license to continue using the expanded functionality designed for multi-user Enterprise deployments.


I up-voted Zerodache's recommendation for Splunk. Great GUI and it will just eat your logs and allow you to easily mine through them. If your daily volume is low (I think < 500MB) then it is free.

For interactive watching of different log files give MultiTail a try (http://www.vanheusden.com/multitail/).



LogAnalyzer might be worth a look. It used be called phpLogCon and was originally developed by the same person as Rsyslog.


KSystemLog is a KDE application that works pretty well as a log viewer. It's designed for home use, i.e. viewing the logs on a single system with an easily manageable GUI, so if you have a more complex setup, it probably would be inadequate.

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