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Swatch was originally written to actively monitor messages as they were written to a log file via the UNIX syslog utility. It has multiple methods of alarming, both visually and by triggering events. The perfect tools for a master loghost. It is known to work flawlessly on Linux (RH5), BSDI, and Solaris 2.6 (patched).


Recent releases

  •  07 Nov 2001 05:17

    Release Notes: A fix for a major bug involving key value assignment when throttling.

    •  27 Oct 2001 00:45

      Release Notes: A simplified Makefile.PL, fixes for an action parsing problem with a space appended to the option name and another with quotation marks, and fixes for documentation on the '--restart-time' commandline option.

      •  05 Sep 2001 18:10

        Release Notes: The default input file has been changed to be /var/log/messages instead of /var/log/syslog if it exists. The problem of continuing to try to match a pattern after the pattern was matched but was throttled has been fixed. date_loc, time_loc, and extra_cuts options to have been added to throttle, and numerous problems with throttling have been fixed. "--daemon" mode has been fixed so that it runs more reliably in the background. The read_config routine has been cleaned up. A parsing problem involving the use of a single TAB as a separator has been fixed. The format of the message displayed when throttling has been changed to include the entire message.

        •  18 Jun 1999 19:11

          No changes have been submitted for this release.

          Recent comments

          05 Dec 1999 16:38 ljorg

          Keeps dying out in Slackware 7.0
          I (try to) run swatch to search for critical conditions on a master log server, such as when a line to a remote location goes down.

          Swatch works fine, but it keeps dying on me. I start it as "swatch -t /var/log/router/cisco7200 >/dev/null &" from rc.local, and it runs for about an hour or two before simply ceasing to exist.

          Anybody notice anything similar?


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