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Small tools for archiving ISO8601 logfiles

Project description

logjam 0.0.4

Released: 14-May-2015

Logjam handles the (relatively) simple problem of compressing and archiving ISO8601 logfiles. It works like this:

  1. Write all your logs into hourly files with an ISO8601 in their filenames.

  2. Run logjam-compress and logjam-upload on your log directories, either via cron or as a daemon.

  3. Your completed logfiles will automatically be compressed and uploaded to S3.

How to use it

the logfile format

Your logfiles need two things:

  1. They must contain an UTC ISO8601 timestamp. In haproxy-20130704T0000Z-us-west-2-i-ae23fega.log, for instance, the timestamp is 20130704T0000Z.

  2. They need to be written hourly or more frequent than hourly. Not daily.

If you use rsyslog or syslog-ng, then chances are you already use hourly files. If not, they’re very easy to configure.


Sample entry in /etc/cron.d/:

10 * * * * * root logjam-compress --once /var/log/my-log-dir/

Sample command to put in an upstart config file or runit run script:

logjam-compress /var/log/my-log-dir


Sample entry in /etc/cron.d/:

10 * * * * * root logjam-upload --once /var/log/my-log-dir/archive/ s3://YOUR_BUCKET/{prefix}/{year}/{month}{/{day}/{filename}

Sample command to put in an upstart config file or runit run script:

logjam-upload /var/log/my-log-dir/archive/ s3://YOUR_BUCKET/{prefix}/{year}/{month}{/{day}/{filename}

A note on authentication logjam-upload looks for the standard boto environment variables $AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID, AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY, plus $AWS_DEFAULT_REGION to figure out which S3 region to use, and what creds to use when connecting.

If those variables are not present, and you happen to be running logjam-upload from an instance with an IAM role, logjam-upload will parse its AWS credential from that, and connect to the local S3 region unless told otherwise with $AWS_DEFAULT_REGION.

What you need to get started

Just boto, and a bucket in S3.

Why is this useful?

You may be right to think that don’t need this, because if you have any significant amount of logs, you’re going to want some sort of online log aggregation system, such as Logstash.

And if you have a really significant amount of logs, you’re going to want a really robust, distributed system for collecting and storing logs, such as Scribe.

If you’re big enough to need the latter, then this is not the tool for you.

But, if you’re small enough that don’t want to maintain your own distributed system for storing logs, then you have two choices:

  1. Implement the online log aggregation solution, and then deal with log persistence, probably by setting up some sort S3 output to run on your log aggregation server. This will work, although you will have a SPOF where you can lose all your logs for a given time period.

  2. Implement a log persistence solution whose primary machinism is decoupled from your log aggregation solution.

In the second case, you no longer have a SPOF that can lose all your logs for a given time, although when you lose an individual server, you will lose its logs from its last, partial hour.

I’ve been very happy with the second case, and indeed when I have to choose which to have first, I always choose persistence over aggregation. Unfortunately, I’m always writing code to take care of the persistence – i.e. of compressing and uploading logfiles. So, finally, here’s a small, open source tool for it.

Running tests

Unit tests run with:

python test

Integration tests run with:

export SENTRY_DSN=”https:// SOME SENTRY DSN” python tests/integration/

Or run them all with:


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