After a lively discussion at work today about monitoring tools and use cases, I decided to see if I could use tail_n_mail, which I already use to monitor my PostgreSQL logs, to monitor my pgBackRest logs. It turns out that it can, and can do so fairly trivially.
For reference, our
.tail_n_mail.conf looks like this:
## Config file for the tail_n_mail program ## This file is automatically updated LOG_LINE_PREFIX: %t P%p EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org MAILSUBJECT: HOST pgBackRest errors NUMBER INCLUDE: WARN: INCLUDE: ERROR: INCLUDE: FATAL: INCLUDE: PANIC: FILE1: /var/log/pgbackrest/pgbackrest.log
You would need to change the
FILE1 and the rest should just work.
To actually invoke the monitoring, simply add a
cron entry that looks like:
* * * * * /path/to/tail_n_mail ~/.tailnmail.conf --pgmode=0
(Obviously, you should adjust the periodicity. I highly doubt you need to check every minute.)
Once you’ve saved the
crontab, you should be all good. If you doubt the setup, you can add
--mailzero to the invocation to get an email even if everything is OK.