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tip for viewing logfiles on an other host

Monitor with MultiTail the logfile of an other system:
For this you need to setup a couple of things. MultiTail runs on system
A, the logfile on system B.
In this example we're going to monitor the apache logfile. Add the
following to /etc/services:

apachelog       20000/tcp

Add this to /etc/inetd.conf:

apachelog stream tcp nowait root /usr/local/sbin/tail_apache_log /usr/local/sbin/tail_apache_log

and create the file /usr/local/sbin/tail_apache_log with the following


/usr/bin/tail -f /var/log/apache2/access.log

make sure that you don't forget to make that script executable (chmod +x
filename).  Then on host A start MultiTail like this:

multitail -cS apache -l "telnet B 20000"

Please note that logfiles go in plaintext across the network. You may
also need to adjust the files /etc/hosts.[allow|deny] on host B to only
allow host A to connect.

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