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[#] Tue Mar 10 2015 09:11:43 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Truly talented people *are* a threat to political scumbags. You wouldn't get hired to work in that kind of environment. What usually happens is that a once-docile environment grows to the point where it attracts the kind of people who put their own career advancement at a higher priority than actually being a decent corporate citizen.

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.

[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 07:37:31 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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The more monitoring you have, the more trouble you find. If you don’t have monitoring, trouble finds you.

[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 09:03:21 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Splunk. Has worked very well for us.

Pricey, but when you don't have time to *design* something, you just throw a full-text search engine at your app logs.

I think we're starting to talk about a more open alternative?

[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 09:07:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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What's the open alternative? I'm about to recommend a fairly significant spend on Splunk.

[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 09:09:23 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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I'll ask today. Remind me if I don't.

[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 10:59:15 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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theres something like logstash, which I again instantly forgot about since its also done in some bizare language running in the java interperter.

[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 12:22:46 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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logstash is one of the alternatives we were talking about, yes. I doubt we did a full evaluation yet.

[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 12:32:31 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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One of the most powerful things we do with Splunk is the "transaction" filter. I don't see any direct replacement with logstash... this is statically configured and seems to have limitations, but it's somewhere in the ballpark:

not quite close enough, transaction is an ad-hoc query:

[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 12:54:57 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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probably one would want something like that:

this is the logstash alternative:

(the credativ guys work with it)

Another tool /me wouldn't use... but may be interesting ;-)



[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 12:58:14 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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I like very much this one:

(have a look at the crazy videos ;-)

It uses a pimped collectd as some of the data sources.

[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 14:19:39 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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OK, for one thing, I hadn't correctly understood how logstash fits together with the rest of its ecosystem. Logstash is like splunkforwarder, I guess- it's a piece of low-level plumbing.

The querying all happens in elasticsearch:

[#] Thu Mar 19 2015 23:00:07 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Not similar at all, but I do use this for viewing / checking combined logs from systems:

Epylog -

It lets you boil down combined syslogs from multiple systems, and get rolled up reports on logins, and a free-for-all report of anything that was not parsed in an email.

It takes quite a bit of time to get what they call the "weeder" to build up to rid yourself of the background noise from the reports, and it does take ocasional changes to regexes on lines to account for some daemons changed log output for warnings, etc, but I find it worthwhile.  Once you have your "don't care" lines out of the report, you will be left with the ones to either investigate and act on or just add to the don't care if they turn out to be a more of just miss-placed info output.

You can set up your own roll up reports, but I have not played with that as of yet.

[#] Mon Mar 23 2015 08:15:36 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Not the splunk way - there are no "don't care" records, you throw everything in the big index and figure out how to query it later.

[#] Wed Apr 29 2015 11:15:28 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Been talking to some former coworkers (now at NYTimes, ghod help them) and one of the Splunk alternatives they are looking at is Sumologic:

(^^ one of my litmus tests for a Splunk replacement)

[#] Wed Apr 29 2015 12:37:52 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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When you go to this site, you may be treated to the following popup:

This page ws unable to display a Google Maps element. The provided Google API key is invalid or this site is not authorized to use it. Error Code:

So, they hope to supplant Splunk, but...?

[#] Fri Jun 05 2015 09:48:33 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Evidently their Big Data got so big it popped out of the screen.

(By the way, we ended up just buying a bigger Splunk license.)

[#] Wed Dec 07 2016 15:00:52 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Wow, this is funny and pathetic at the same time.  I found this on the web site of a fairly popular piece of software today:


"The code is all there still, so if you really promise not to ask me why your maps all stopped working after you press the button, you can re-enable it. Simply open weathermap-cacti-plugin-mgmt.php in and editor and change the line that says

                    $i_understand_file_permissions_and_how_to_fix_them = false;


                    $i_understand_file_permissions_and_how_to_fix_them = true;

Now you have the button, the following explains the issues in detail."

[#] Thu Dec 08 2016 09:17:43 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Hmmm... someone has obviously been torn between wanting to help people, and not wanting to deal with the same stupid problem repeatedly.

[#] Thu Dec 08 2016 09:30:43 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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LOL. The real problem is using anything written in PHP ;)

[#] Thu Dec 08 2016 09:32:46 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Yeah, I'm trying to migrate us to rails.

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