KmTail
System Software
Score 64%
Description:

KmTail is a KDE4 version of the venerable Ktail program. It has pretty much the same features and allows you to monitor various log files. Note that most files in /var/log are only root-readable so you will have to start KmTail with kdesu or, much better, configure syslog-ng to use more convenient permissions.

Log files are added via the File menu as usual or may be dragged from a file manager. Tabs may be reordered by dragging them around.

KmTail 1.0 has dropped support for named pipes (FIFOs) because their behaviour is too unreliable. If you want to expose a syslog message's priority and facility for automatic highlighting by KmTail, you need to make some simple changes to
/etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf (see the README).

Since KmTail 0.9 date/time extraction is possible to convert non-standard log files into the syslog format, increasing legibility. Presets are provided for many common log file formats and you may also specify your own. What's This popups provide some guidance on regexps and templates. It is also possible to specify the number of columns (fields) the message is parsed into, which will also increase legibility for certain logs.
Last changelog:

7 years ago

Version 1.0 28/07/2013
o Drop FIFO support and use .
o All eight priorities can be specified in highlighting.
o Provide open/close buttons on tab bar.
o Tab bar is only shown if there is more than one tab.
o Add a menu to the tabs to detach/close a file.
o Remember the last directory when opening a new log.

Version 0.9.1 20/09/2010
o Enable number of columns to be specified.
o Improve logrotate handling.

Version 0.9 04/09/2010
o Enable date/time extraction for files so a uniform view is possible.
o Clean-up config dialog.
o Many small improvements.

Version 0.8 29/08/2010
o Rewrite to do own tailing; no more external programs.
o Single-shot mode if log file passed as argument.
o Internal reorganisation.

Version 0.7.1 22/08/2010
o Add Spanish translation.

Version 0.7 15/08/2010
o Fix occasional hang in pipe read.
o Trap syslog-ng shutdown to avoid loop in pipe support.
o Enable horizontal scroll bar, finally!

Version 0.6 02/07/2010
o Fix date parse error in pipe support.
o Fix not all process getting cleanly stopped at shutdown.

VVersion 0.5 15/06/2010
o Support syslog-ng named pipes.
o High-light tabs with new output.

Version 0.4 06/05/2010
o Correct include statement.
o Fix tail retry parameters.
o Graceful fall-back to GNU tail if no turbotail installed.
o Add close action.

Version 0.3 05/05/2010
o Add configuration dialog

Version 0.2 04/05/2010
o Highlight colours are saved/restored.
o Improved tool-tip formatting.

Version 0.1 26/04/2010
o First release.

opaflamme

3 years ago

Sadly, site to get v1.0 is down...
Please give us an alternative link.

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binro

3 years ago

Sorry but my server is currently very broken. Hopefully it will be back online tomorrow or I will upload a file here.

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binro

3 years ago

OK, we are back in business now.

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mschnide

6 years ago

What' about a nice feature:
Save the last used path.
I've also log files in other paths. If I need not only one log-file so I have always to select the whole path.

Great application!

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martosurf

7 years ago

Any possibility of collaborate with it?
Excellent app, thanks for share.

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binro

7 years ago

Sure! If you generate the .po file, I will work out how to add it to the package.

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martosurf

7 years ago

I know this is a very disgusting n00b question -and I apologize for that!- but how do I generate/create a .po language file?

Sorry again :P

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binro

7 years ago

I emailed you a template, if you have not received it, check your spam bucket. I live in Thailand and we are constantly listed in SpamHaus, etc.

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martosurf

7 years ago

Hi binro, I waited until today in the event there was a lag in the OD email system but I didn't receive your email.

Can you please resend it?

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binro

7 years ago

The email is probably in a spam bucket somewhere. I will send it again without an attachment. Do you have an email address apart from hotmail?

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martosurf

7 years ago

Yes, you can reach me at martosurf7600 of Google's mail ;-D

(Let's put it that way to prevent massive spam)

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bitcrazy

7 years ago

/usr/src/packages/BUILD/kmtail-0.3/src/kmconf.h:24:29: error: qt4/QtGui/QDialog: Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden
Headerfile is QtGui/QDialog under openSUSE.
So you need:
--- src/kmconf.h~ 2010-05-05 16:48:22.000000000 +0200
+++ src/kmconf.h 2010-05-05 19:09:37.000000000 +0200
@@ -21,7 +21,7 @@
#ifndef KMCONF_H
#define KMCONF_H

-#include <qt4/QtGui/QDialog>
+#include <QtGui/QDialog>

#include "ui_kmconf.h"
#include "kmtail.h"

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binro

7 years ago

OK. That include was generated by kdevelop and I confess, I did wonder! I will fix it in the next version.

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smorg

7 years ago

Thanks! You should talk to the kde overlay guys and get this in there.

For those who use syslog-ng, you can set the ownership and modes for logfiles by adding something like this to the options section of /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf

owner(1000);
perm(0664);

This would make a great plasmoid. I currently just use Conky for that. :)

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marvinf

7 years ago

please make an option to change colors for output. for example, warning messages are yellow on white using the default kde color scheme.

great program, better than ksystemlog for fast and easy log watching.

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binro

7 years ago

I will write a config dialog when I have the time. Meanwhile, go Gothic!

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bitcrazy

7 years ago

Get time-out while connecting to your server.

m0nk

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binro

7 years ago

Too many bittorents - ISP throttled my
bandwidth. Try again. :)

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7 years ago

Version 1.0 28/07/2013
o Drop FIFO support and use .
o All eight priorities can be specified in highlighting.
o Provide open/close buttons on tab bar.
o Tab bar is only shown if there is more than one tab.
o Add a menu to the tabs to detach/close a file.
o Remember the last directory when opening a new log.

Version 0.9.1 20/09/2010
o Enable number of columns to be specified.
o Improve logrotate handling.

Version 0.9 04/09/2010
o Enable date/time extraction for files so a uniform view is possible.
o Clean-up config dialog.
o Many small improvements.

Version 0.8 29/08/2010
o Rewrite to do own tailing; no more external programs.
o Single-shot mode if log file passed as argument.
o Internal reorganisation.

Version 0.7.1 22/08/2010
o Add Spanish translation.

Version 0.7 15/08/2010
o Fix occasional hang in pipe read.
o Trap syslog-ng shutdown to avoid loop in pipe support.
o Enable horizontal scroll bar, finally!

Version 0.6 02/07/2010
o Fix date parse error in pipe support.
o Fix not all process getting cleanly stopped at shutdown.

VVersion 0.5 15/06/2010
o Support syslog-ng named pipes.
o High-light tabs with new output.

Version 0.4 06/05/2010
o Correct include statement.
o Fix tail retry parameters.
o Graceful fall-back to GNU tail if no turbotail installed.
o Add close action.

Version 0.3 05/05/2010
o Add configuration dialog

Version 0.2 04/05/2010
o Highlight colours are saved/restored.
o Improved tool-tip formatting.

Version 0.1 26/04/2010
o First release.

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