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I have multiple web heads running a stack containing Apache/mod_php/Magento/MySQL and more. Every time I need to view logs I find myself jumping on multiple servers to view logs in different files until I find the right one. Magento logfiles don't adhere to a specific standard, either.

Ideally I would like to have an interface similar to tail -f that can handle changes to multiple files at once. Is there a general solution for this problem that can handle many different formats of logfile? What do you do to view standard and nonstandard log files on multiple identical nodes in a cluster?

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Have a look at Splunk, we use it for exactly this kind of thing, and more.

Oh and by the way, we don't do shopping questions on here - as I'm sure you saw when you read our FAQ ;)

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  • It would help me to understand why you think my question is shopping. I had rather thought I was asking for a simple way to tail a logfile interlaced across multiple servers, but you seem to think I'm asking for an enterprise graphical monitor and log analyzer (orders of magnitude more complex than what I thought I was asking). Where lies the disconnect? – kojiro Jun 19 '13 at 16:57
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    @kojiro Splunk is probably the Right Tool for your needs (try it out and you'll see why) -- Your question is asking What do you do to view standard and nonstandard log files on multiple identical nodes in a cluster?, and the answer (for most of us) is Some centralized logging software (syslog-ng ; rsyslog) to collect it all, and Splunk to view it. – voretaq7 Jun 19 '13 at 17:09

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