Client log parsing (suggestion)

Bob Gordon rgordonjr at
Thu Jan 19 18:58:04 CET 2006

Hi Henrick -

In one of the previous messages, you had mentioned that you wanted to keep
as much configuration data on the server as possible in order to make
adminstration easier. To that end I offer the following suggestion for the
message configuration..

In the bb man page (4.1.2 early snapshot) there is a section that reads as

     config FILENAME
          Retrieve one of the Hobbit configuration files from the
          server. This command allows a client to pull files from
          the $BBHOME/etc/ directory on the server, allowing  for
          semi-automatic  updates  of  the  client configuration.
          Since the configuration files are designed  to  have  a
          common  file  for the configuration of all hosts in the
          system - and this is in fact  the  recommended  way  of
          configuring your clients - this makes it easier to keep
          the configuration files synchronized.

Why not set things up as follows:
1 - On the server have a "hobbit-msg" file that contains default
configuration information that applies to all systems.  (I.E. Alert on
kernel warning and panic messages from the syslog).
2 - In the same directory (or a subdirectory) have seperate
hobbit-msg.<servername> files that contain specific configuration
information for the specified hosts.
3 - Once an hour (or other configurable time frame) have the client systems
issue a command to pull the default file as well as the system specific file
from the server.  If the client specific file is not available use the
default file, otherwise use the standard configuration..

Doing it this way would still allow for central administration of the
configuration files as well as allow for custom message parsing
configurations on the target systems..

Anyways..  Just a thought..

Later -

--==[ Bob Gordon ]==--
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