Analyzing logs can be fun, tricky, frustrating and valuable – all at the same time. As a problem solver, you must equip yourself with efficient tools to do the mundane work. In this article, let me show you three somewhat less popular log analysis tools. They are less popular because they are sparingly used by companies here and there (mainly due to Administrators becoming familiar with a certain tool over time). Check these out, who knows you might end up liking one of these tools and put it to good use.
Apache log4j is the foundation for java based applications. Chanisaw was written to provide a graphical view of log4j logs.
Image source: http://logging.apache.org/chainsaw/
Some notable features:
You can use expression based filtering and also do some quick-and-dirty filtering
Specify your own rules to highlight log records
Capturing remote events
Using the ‘Receiver’ concept you can configure chainsaw to capture logs from a remote source