View Full Version : need help figuring out how to email log files. should be easy!

September 25th, 2010, 02:54 PM
folks i have a logfile that i would like to be notified via email when there is a certain occurrence of an event.
Right now i can monitor the file like this

tail -f /var/log/events.log | grep 2331

i will see only events from station 2331
now i have figured out command line email with sendemail

sendemail -f src@email.com -t dst@email.com -m test -s smtp.email.com:587 -o tls=yes -xu username -xp password -u Subject -m message

I can specify the message body by
-m "message",
or -o message-file=FILE

So how can i connect my grepped logs to this email. Needs to happen 24/7, and needs to happen as soon as the event occurs, no cron jobs every now and then...

i have tried
tail | grep | sendemail
but sendemail gives up waiting for the CTRL-D it...

any ideas??????

September 25th, 2010, 04:00 PM
See the logcheck package. http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/logcheck

September 25th, 2010, 06:00 PM
Not sure if this will help or not...


It would be easy enough to call that script from a command and have all the information sent...

Just offering my suggestion ^^