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Indy: A Log Archaeology Tool

Synopsis

Log files are often searched for particular strings but are not often treated as data structures. Indy attempts to deliver log content via more powerful features by allowing the ability to collect segments of a log from particular time; find a particular event; or monitor/reflect on a log to see if a particular event occurred (or not occurred).

Installation

To install Indy use the following command:

$ gem install indy

(Add sudo if you're installing under a POSIX system as root)

Compatibility

build status

Indy supports MacOS, *nix, and MS Windows and runs on the following ruby flavors:

  • 1.8.7
  • 1.9.3
  • 2.0.0
  • ree
  • jruby-19mode
  • rbx-19mode

Usage

Example

require 'indy'
log = Indy.search(File.open('my_log.txt','r')).with(Indy::LOG4R_DEFAULT_FORMAT)
puts log.all.first.raw_entry
# => "2012-09-07 10:01:40 INFO MyApp - Entering APPLICATION."
puts log.after(:time => '2012-09-07 20:00:00').for(:application => 'MyApp').first.message
# => "Exiting Application"

Specify your Source

As a process or command

Indy.search( {:cmd => 'ssh user@system "bash --login -c \"cat /var/log/standard.log\" "'} ).for(:severity => 'INFO')

As a file

Indy.search(file_object).for(:application => 'MyApp')
Indy.search(:file => file_object).for(:application => 'MyApp')
Indy.search(:file => '/log/data.log').for(:application => 'MyApp')

As a string

log_string = %{
    2000-09-07 14:07:41 INFO  MyApp - Entering application.
    2000-09-07 14:07:41 INFO  MyApp - Exiting application. }

Indy.search(log_string).for(:message => 'Entering application')

Log Pattern

Default Log Format

The default log format follows this form:

YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS SEVERITY APPLICATION_NAME - MESSAGE

which uses this regular expression:

/^(\d{4}.\d{2}.\d{2}\s+\d{2}.\d{2}.\d{2})\s+(TRACE|DEBUG|INFO|WARN|ERROR|FATAL)\s+(\w+)\s+-\s+(.+)$/

and specifies these fields:

[:time, :severity, :application, :message]

allowing searches like so:

Indy.search(log_file).for(:severity => 'INFO')
Indy.search(log_file).for(:application => 'MyApp', :severity => 'DEBUG')

Custom Log Format

If you have a different log format you can brew your own. To do so, specify a Regexp pattern that captures each field you want to reference. Include it as the first item of your log format array, followed by a list of symbols that name the captured fields.

# If your log format is:
# HH:MM:SS SEVERITY APPLICATION#METHOD - MESSAGE
# Build an appropriate regexp
custom_regexp = /^(\d{2}:\d{2}:\d{2})\s*(INFO|DEBUG|WARN|ERROR)\s*([^#]+)#([^\s]+)\s*-\s*(.+)$/
# Combine the pattern and the list of fields
custom_log_format = [custom_regexp,:time,:severity,:application,:method,:message]
# Use Indy#with to define your format
Indy.search(source).with(custom_log_format).for(:severity => 'INFO', :method => 'allocate')

Predefined Log Format

Several log formats have been predefined for ease of configuration. See indy/formats.rb

# Indy::COMMON_LOG_FORMAT
# Indy::COMBINED_LOG_FORMAT
# Indy::LOG4R_DEFAULT_FORMAT
#
# Example (Log4r)
#  INFO mylog: This is a message with level INFO
Indy.new(:source => log_file, :log_format => Indy::LOG4R_DEFAULT_FORMAT).for(:application => 'mylog')

Multiline log entries

By default, Indy assumes that log lines are separated by new lines. Any lines that don't match the active pattern are ignored. To enable multiline log entries you must do two things:

  1. Use Indy.new() and include the :multiline => true parameter
  2. Use a log entry regexp that does not use $ and/or \n to define the end of the entry.

Multiline Regexp tips

  • Use non-greedy matching when needed: .*? instead of .*
  • Assuming your log entries do not include a unique line ending, you can use a zero-width positive lookahead assertion to verify that each line is followed by the start of a valid log entry, or the end of the string. e.g.: (?=^foo|\z)

Check out Regexp Extensions

Example:

# Given this log containing two entries:
#
# INFO MyApp - Multiline message begins here...
# and ends here
# DEBUG MyOtherApp - Single line message.
# WARN MyOtherApp - Another single line message.

severity_string = 'DEBUG|INFO|WARN|ERROR|FATAL'

# single line regexp would be:
#                  /^(#{severity_string}) (\w+) - (.*)$/
multiline_regexp = /^(#{severity_string}) (\w+) - (.*?)(?=^#{severity_string}|\z)/

Indy.new( :multiline => true, :log_format => [multiline_regexp, :severity, :application, :message], :source => MY_LOG)

Explicit Time Format

By default, Indy tries to guess your time format (courtesy of DateTime#parse). If you supply an explicit time format, it will use DateTime#strptime, as well as try to guess.

This is required when log data uses a non-standard date format, e.g.: U.S. format 12-31-2000, and must be used in conjunction with :entry_regexp and :entry_fields parameters.

# 12-31-2011 Application starting
Indy.new(   :time_format => '%m-%d-%Y',
            :source => LOG_FILE,
            :entry_regexp => /\d\d-\d\d-\d\d\d\d .*?/,
            :entry_fields => [:time, :message]
).all

Match Criteria

Exact Match

Indy.search(source).for(:message => 'Entering Application')
Indy.search(source).for(:severity => 'INFO')

Exact Match with multiple parameters

Indy.search(source).for(:message => 'Entering Application', :application => 'MyApp')
Indy.search(source).for(:severity => 'INFO', :application => 'MyApp')

Partial Match

Indy.search(source).like(:message => 'Memory')

Partial Match with multiple parameters

Indy.search(source).like(:severity => '(?:INFO|DEBUG)', :message => 'Memory')

Log Scopes

Multiple scope methods can be called on an instance. Use #reset_scope to remove scope constrints on the instance.

Time Scope

# After Dec 1
Indy.search(source).after(:time => '2010-12-01 23:59:59').all

# 20 minutes Around New Year's eve
Indy.search(source).around(:time => '2011-01-01 00:00:00', :span => 20).all

# After Jan 1 but Before Feb 1
@log = Indy.search(source)
@log.after(:time => '2011-01-01 00:00:00').before(:time => '2011-02-01 00:00:00')
@log.all

# Within Jan 1 and Feb 1 (same time scope as above)
Indy.search(source).within(:start_time => '2011-01-01 00:00:00', :end_time =>'2011-02-01 00:00:00').all

# After Jan 1
@log = Indy.search(source)
@log.after(:time => '2011-01-01 00:00:00')
@log.all)
# Reset the time scope to include entries before Jan 1
@log.reset_scope
# Before Feb 1
@log.before(:time => '2011-02-01 00:00:00')
@log.all

Process the Results

A ResultSet is returned by #for and #like, which is an Enumerable containing a hash for each log entry.

entries = Indy.search(source).for(:message => 'Entering Application')
entries.first.keys
# => [:line, :time, :severity, :application, :message]

Indy.search(source).for(:message => 'Entering Application').each do |entry|
  puts "[#{entry.time}] #{entry.message}: #{entry.application}"
end

Contributing

To get your improvements included, please fork and submit a pull request. Bugs and/or failing tests are very appreciated.

Any suggestions about log formats to support, and/or intelligent defaults would be great.

To create a report in /coverage, run gem install simplecov COVERAGE=true rake test

Supported Rubies

This library aims to support and is tested against the follow Ruby implementations:

  • Ruby 1.8.7
  • Ruby 1.9.2
  • Rubinius

Testing with RVM: $ rvm 1.8.7,1.9.2,rbx exec rake test

LICENSE

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2010 Franklin Webber

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

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