Enables following multiple files for new lines at once, automatically handling file creation/deletion/rotation


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Install
pip install multitail2==1.5.2

Documentation

python-multitail2

Python module to follow new lines from multiple files at once, taking account of new files, deleted files, and rotated files.

Suitable for following sets of logs where you don't necessarily know how many files there are, what their names are, and don't want to have to keep track of changes yourself.

Doesn't (yet) support inotify for detecting file change events because of portability concerns and the lack of an inotify module in the Python standard library.

Another one?

Yeah, another one. Other multitail implementations I found didn't support automatically following new files.

Features

  • Accepts globbing syntax, like /var/log/*.log
  • Opens new files
  • Closes deleted files
  • Reopens rotated files
  • Non-blocking
  • Supports iteration

Examples

Emits ((path, offset), line) tuples representing the path to the file that each line comes from, along with a byte offset where the line begins.

Generator

>>> import multitail2
>>> mt = multitail2.MultiTail("/home/user/test/*")
>>> for line in mt:
...  print line
... 
(('/home/user/test/foo', 0), 'bar')
(('/home/user/test/foo', 4), 'bar')

Non-blocking polling

>>> import multitail2
>>> mt = multitail2.MultiTail("/home/user/test/*")
>>> list(mt.poll())
[(('/home/user/test/foo', 0), 'bar')]
>>> list(mt.poll())
[]

TODO

  • Use inotify, where available. Should not be a hard dependency.

Bugs

  • Does not handle truncated files - new content will be ignored until the file size exceeds what it was previously.

Contributing

Contributions welcome!