[Labs-l] [tool labs] central logging service

Petr Bena benapetr at gmail.com
Sat Jun 8 08:44:45 UTC 2013


per https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=48846 we are
setting up a logging service for tools and bots, so that every tool or
bot can easily log to a central logging base which in future should
support some nice web-based gui with log filtering (eventually some
3rd notifications, like e-mails (sms) / irc pings) and so on.

The website of this project is here: http://tools.wmflabs.org/logs/

I haven't got much feedback so far so I would appreciate some, in this
moment we are in phase where we are discussing the best options how to
design this feature.

Some people believe that it would be best to use some already existing
logging service such as facebook's scribe, I /think/ that despite the
already made and working solution might be a good idea, on other hand
these usually were designed for another purpose than what we need and
thus it's quite complicated to set them up for our needs. Having said
that I started working on simple, but powerful logging daemon which
should do precisely what we need (and which can be infinitely extended
for our purposes) - but of course we can set up multiple solutions and
let tool operators pick what they prefer most.

If it's simpler for a tool / bot operator to intergrate with syslog,
then why we shouldn't have it as well? But I must admit I found it
quite complicated to make rsyslog behave as we need (I believe it's
not even possible for it to match all out potential needs)

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