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Help with Logging

Discussion in 'Software Development' started by Tava, Jan 20, 2011.

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  1. Tava

    Tava Thread Starter

    Dec 9, 2008
    Hi All,

    Not sure if i'm in the right area or not, if not sorry.

    We currently have a sale system (outsourced)which writes all its logs to a text file on our server. When the system has an error in the Text file it states it by using keywords such as "Error: 101 - Time out" etc, but we do not know it has had an error until its too late by one of the following notices.

    1 - monitor the text files by opening it and scrolling through (impossible to do 8 hrs a day)

    2 - Customers call up and say they are having errors. (by then its too late)

    Im after the possibility if we can somehow get a report by email when a keyword such as "ERROR" has been written to the text file - therefore allowing us to fix the issue before reports start coming through for downtime.

    I've searched google for answers, but not sure what to exactly look for.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank You,
  2. OBP


    Mar 8, 2005
    What software packages do you have?
    Can you provide an example of the text file's layout?
    I don't think you can have a Real Time analysis of the file, but you could scan it say every 5 minutes to check for the word Error.
  3. ehymel


    Aug 12, 2007

    It would be helpful for us to know what kind of server capabilities you have... for example, PHP on Linux? ASP.net on Windows?
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