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Tailgate is a nodejs app to pipe `tail -F` into websockets. It's a very simple way to have real-time access to your logs.

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Tailgate

Tailgate is a nodejs app to pipe tail -F into websockets.

It's a very simple way to have real-time access to your logs. It uses socket.io and coffeescript, and is great for keeping track of scribe logs.

Tailgate

API

Tailgate exposes its feeds as a simple pub/sub api through socket.io connections making it easy to build visualizations or monitoring tools as simple web pages.

Installation

cd <install/directory>
git clone git@github.com:vimeo/tailgate.git
cd tailgate
npm install
cp conf/conf-dist.sh conf/conf.sh

Edit conf/conf.sh to have the correct values for your installation.

Optional

If you want to use the init.d.sh script.

cp startup/init.d-dist.sh startup/init.d.sh
sudo ln -s <fullpath to tailgate/startup/init.d.sh> /etc/init.d/tailgate

Edit the startup/init.d.sh script to use the installation directory and tailgate user to run as. Ensure the tailgate user has write permissions to startup/ so that it can write the pidfile.

sudo /etc/init.d/tailgate start
sudo /etc/init.d/tailgate stop
sudo /etc/init.d/tailgate restart

Troubleshooting

  • Make sure the HTTP port specified in conf/conf.sh is not already in use
  • Enable logging in conf.sh by setting LOGGING="1"
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