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swatch

swatch

Swatch (Simple Log Watcher) is designed to monitor system activity. Swatch started out as the "simple watchdog" for actively monitoring log files produced by UNIX's syslog facility. It has since evolved into a handy utility that can monitor just about any type of log.

A typical action is echoing the matched line in a variety of colours and formats including reverse video, bold, underline, and normal, which swatch knows how to do internally. Other actions include sending mail or executing an arbitrary program on the line.

Swatch is written in Perl and uses Perl regular expressions for line matching. In order for Swatch to be useful, it requires a configuration file which contains pattern(s) to look for and action(s) to perform when each pattern is found.

 swatch 3.2.3

Price
Free to download

Size
31.2KB
License

GNU GPL v2

Developer
Todd Atkins

Website
sourceforge.net/.../swatch

System Requirements
Perl 5
libbit-vector-perl
libcarp-clan-perl
libdate-calc-perl
libdate-manip-perl
libfile-tail-perl
libyaml-syck-perl

Support Sites:
Forum, SourceForge Project Page, Mailing List (Announce), Mailing List (Users)

Selected Reviews:
Linux Journal

Features include:

  • Simple to configure
  • Regular expression matching
  • Highlighting
  • Hooks
  • Send e-mails based on matching log strings
  • Execute in the background

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