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Capistrano task to tail remote application logs of multiple servers

When your application is running on a multi-server setup, application logs are stored per server (unless you choose a centralized logging solution).
Here is a Capistrano task that connects to all servers and prints logs to your terminal like this:

$ cap production app:logs 00:00 app:logs 01 tail -n0 -F /var/www/your-application/shared/log/production.log | while read line; do echo "$(hostname): $line"; done 01 app01-prod: Started GET "/sign_in" for at 2018-04-26 11:28:19 +0200 01 app01-prod: Processing by Users::SessionsController#new as HTML 01 app01-prod: Rendering devise/sessions/new.haml within layouts/signed_out 01 app01-prod: Rendered devise/sessions/new.haml within layouts/signed_out (4.8ms) 01 app01-prod: Rendered layouts/shared/_head.haml (0.5ms) 01 app01-prod: Completed 200 OK in 8ms (Views: 6.1ms | ActiveRecord: 0.0ms) 01 app02-prod: Started GET "/messages/number_of_new" for at 2018-04-26 11:28:20 +0200 01 app02-prod: Processing by MessagesController#number_of_new as */* 01 app02-prod: Rendering text template 01 app02-prod: Rendered text template (0.0ms) 01 app02-prod: Completed 200 OK in 23ms (Views: 1.0ms | ActiveRecord: 7.2ms)

Store the following task in a file like lib/capistrano/tasks/app.rake.

namespace :app do desc 'Tail remote log files' task :logs do on roles :app do logfile = ENV['LOG'] || fetch(:rails_env) execute %(tail -n0 -F #{shared_path}/log/#{logfile}.log | while read line; do echo "$(hostname): $line"; done) end end end

If you have some other log file that you want to tail, use the LOG env variable, like LOG=sidekiq cap production app:logs.

Note that Capistrano truncates lines that are longer than your terminal. This can be painful when looking at logs, and we recommend you disable truncation entirely.

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Arne Hartherz
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28 days ago
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