We are in the process of rolling out an installation of
ckl, a fork of the CloudKick
logging tool, to each host we manage (virtual or otherwise). The purpose of the
rollout is to provide a voluntary logging system for Unix adminstration tasks
performed by folks with root priviledges. Prior to the
ckl rollout the Infrastructure
Team had very little visibility into what goes on admin-wise with many of our hosts,
and we hope you'll help us change that by adopting
ckl into your workflow.
We have installed
ckl on all our FreeBSD-based hosts, including our jails. Later
we will be installing it on our Linux-based hosts and virtual machines, and finally
on our remaining Solaris hosts.
The fork is available at https://svn.apache.org/repos/infra/infrastructure/trunk/projects/ckl. Patches and new feature requests may be posted to the INFRA jira.
The typical usage pattern for
ckl is to launch a session with
$ ckl save -s
This will cause
ckl to spawn a shell whose screen output will be captured in a
logfile to be sent to the
ckl endpoint. Do your administrative tasks within
this shell, being careful not to have your password echoed back to you as that
will obviously get logged. Once you are done, exit the shell either by typing
exit or by closing the input descriptor via
This will cause
ckl to open an editor session using your EDITOR env variable,
so you may write a suitable log message describing your work. Once the message
has been saved and the editor closed,
ckl will submit your data to the endpoint
for storage and eventual peer review.
To review the recent activity on a host, you may either visit the endpoint on the
web or log into the host and run the
$ ckl list -l 5
will list the last 5 log entries for the current host (passing
-H host will allow
you to view other host logs).
$ ckl cat -l 3
will print out the log + typescript output of the 3 most recent entries for the current host.
The list of available options can be seen by running
$ ckl -h