Tuesday, December 13, 2011

LogTools 0.1.0 Released

I finally managed to do the initial public release of LogTools, a set of useful utilities for log data processing. Their current most important feature is the initial version of LogStore, a tamper-proof way to store textual log data especially designed for long-term archival. Note that LogTools perfectly process syslog messages, but can be used for anything that is text-based (like Apache or other application text logs).

I am very happy to finally have the initial release ready. Full details can be found in the release announcement. I initially thought it would become available early last week, but I wanted to create some packages. As I had never done this before, it turned out to become a bit of a problem for me. For the time being, I have settled to do an experimental Debian package via checkinstall. While this is obviously a quick and dirty solution, it enables folks to obtain LogTools via the easy way. Also, I don't think it is too problematic, because in essence only some user-tools are installed that do not affect anything else on the system. But, of course, I'll think about better packaging as the project continues.

At this point, I would be very interested in feedback both on the current tools as well on what would be considered a plus in the future. Please let me know!


Karsten Heymann said...

Link to release announcment does not exist.

Rainer Gerhards said...

Thx -- the web folks had the brilliant idea to shorten the url. I have now used the short url in my posting, plus a redirect from the previous url will be placed on the web site.

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