swatchdog was originally called swatch. I’ll call it swatch in this article.
So, swatch is a very simple process that can monitor a log file live, and take actions if a string is found.
It’s an ideal situation if you don’t have the resources to run a full fledged monitoring solution such as Graylog.
On Fedora, install the package:
sudo dnf install swatch
Create a configuration file
.swatchrc, for example:
watchfor /success/ echo green exec bash /opt/swatch/notify.sh $_ watchfor /failure/ echo red exec bash /opt/swatch/notify.sh $_
Between slashes is the regexp you want to match.
echo line will output the matched log line and display it in the specified color.
The exec line contains
$_ contains the log line, so as you can see you can execute binaries or scripts and pass the log line as an argument to it.
swatch -c ~/.swatchrc -t /var/log/myapp.log
This is the expected output as soon as something gets matched:
*** swatch version 3.2.3 (pid:1) started at Sun Jan 12 18:59:57 UTC 2020 [2020-01-12 19:00:09] blah is a success
The color of the output would be green.
You can run
swatch as a daemon with the option
swatch is a fairly simple and lightweight tool if you need to monitor events without installing a resource hungry monitoring solution.