When there’s a machine, there’s functionality. However, anything is always bound to mishaps and therefore if you have a computer (and of course you do because, you know, you are reading this right now) or if you are managing a group of people that do tasks on workstations, that means you need some valuable tools that will keep everything moving on a smooth flow. Sometimes, the best tools are actually the simplest one. You don’t always need to replace a hardware, nor do some manual tweaking on the insides — at times, all your computer needs is a soft touch, so to speak — something that will resonate with what it’s trying to insinuate every second of the way. Log analyzer tools would absolutely make a great fit for that purpose.
Log analyzer or analysis tools have been in existence since the UNIX systems had been on the market … or at least some of the core functionality came off to be of big help those days, and even to date. But, how do they work? Here are some important pointers that you should know:
-Log analysis tools work in a versatile way, going beyond the scope of merely gathering logs straight from the roots
-These tools allow you to know what semantics a syntax of a log data is
-A log analyzer can present data in an effective way — logs are categorized and items for urgent attention are highlighted.
With so many log analyzing tools made available these days, it’s hard to find something reliable. There are standards that you can refer to, though. Here are a few things an ideal tool for logs should have:
-Advanced text-line tailing command
-Search engine filters for specific results
-Chronological formation of data
-SSH tailing capabilities
Aside from these, there are more factors that you must see available for a truly functional log management or analysis tool. Have a good one!