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Multitail configuration file
Posted on 05-13-2006 00:13:00 UTC | Updated on 05-13-2006 00:13:00 UTC
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Description of multitail straight from the website : MultiTail lets you view one or multiple files like the original tail program. The difference is that it creates multiple windows on your console (with ncurses). It can also monitor wildcards: if another file matching the wildcard has a more recent modification date, it will automatically switch to that file. That way you can, for example, monitor a complete directory of files. Merging of 2 or even more logfiles is possible.

Multitail can also use colors while displaying the logfiles (through regular expressions), for faster recognition of what is important and what not. It can also filter lines (again with regular expressions). It has interactive menus for editing given regular expressions and deleting and adding windows. One can also have windows with the output of shell scripts and other software. When viewing the output of external software, MultiTail can mimic the functionality of tools like 'watch' and such.

There are 2 configs and a shell script below. The first config is the multitail.conf file that comes with version 4.1 of the program. All files below use version 4.1 of multitail. The second config file is an example that uses 3 color schemes and just colors the lines one color. The third file is a shell script that starts the program and filters out the lines we don't want to see and sets the color schemes.

The order of the "scheme:" lines in the config file seems to matter to multitail. When you call them from the command line with "-cS" you have to call them in the order the are in the config file. The order of the config file sections might matter also but I have kept to the authors scheme and have not been brave enough to move them around. So if you have weird problems where color schemes are not not working or a certain log file won't start but others do try moving things around.

Multitail is a fantastic program to watch logs with. My favorite functions to use are the pause and scroll back features. After multitail has started you can use the "F1" key for help. To pause all the logs press the "p" key. To use the log windows scroll back feature press the "b" button and select the log you want to scroll back through.

The config file is multitail.conf. The example below is from version 4.1.

# Format of this file:
#
# include:configfile
#             Also pars 'configfile'.
#
# defaultcscheme:<name of colorscheme>
#             Selects the default color scheme to use. If this one is set, you
#             no longer need -cS/-CS.
#
# colorscheme:<name of colorscheme>
#             This name can be given for the commandline-parameter -cS. That
#             way, one can select what colorscheme to use for the next
#             logfile.
#
# cs_re:<color>:<regular expression>
#             This defines a regular expression to find a particular string.
#
# cs_re_s:<color>:<regular expression>

#             Like cs_re but only the substrings are used(!). E.g.:
#             ^....(...)...(...)
#             In the example above only what matches between '(' and ')' is
#             assigned a color. See the 'acctail' colorscheme for an example.
#
# cs_re_val_less:<color>:<value>:<regular expression>
# cs_re_val_bigger:<color>:<value>:<regular expression>
# cs_re_val_equal:<color>:<value>:<regular expression>

#             Like cs_re_s(!) but here the value of the sub(!)-string is
#             compared against the given value. e.g.:
#             cs_re_val_less: if "<value>" less then the value matched with
#             the regular expression, then use the selected color. Please
#             note that you have to select the value in the string with a
#             substring match; put '(' and ')' around it.
#
# Possible colors: red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan and white.
#
# scheme:<name of colorscheme>:<regular expression>
#             This defines what colorscheme to use when the filename matches
#             the given regular expression. This way, one can automatically
#             use the correct colorscheme for certain files.
#
# check_mail:<seconds>
#             How often MultiTail should check for new e-mail. You can switch
#             mail-checking off by setting this value to 0.
#
# tab_stop:<number of spaces>
#             Specifies the width of TAB characters. Default-value is 4.
#
# bind:key:program
#             Binds a key to a external command. For example:
#             bind:^j:/bin/bash   - binds ^j (control + j) to bash. While the
#             selected program is running, MultiTail is suspended. MultiTail
#             will automatically come back when the external command ends.
#
# titlebar:
#             what to put in the titlebar of the xterm in which MultiTail is
#             running. see below for details
#
# tail:tail_program
#             path to the tail-program (in case you want to use turbotail or
#             so instead of the regular tail)
#
# bright:(1|0)
#             use bright colors (1) or not (0)
#
# abbreviate_filesize
#             wether to abbreviate filesizes to xKB/MB/GB (1) or not (0)
#
# show_subwindow_id
#             when set to 1 and merging multiple inputs (e.g. logfiles) the
#             output show is prepended with a number indicating the input
#
# markerline_color
#             with this one you can set how a markerline looks. e.g. yellow on
#             red or so
#
# markerline_timestamp
#             sets wether to put a timestamp in the markerline (1) or not (0)
#
# ts_format:<format>
#             format of timestamps. see the man-page of 'strftime' for a list
#             of the fields that can be used
#
# shell:<path>

#             shell to use when invoking programs. default is /bin/sh
#
# umask:<mask>
#             umask used when creating files
#
#defaultcscheme:syslog
#
# /var/log/messages & .../syslog
colorscheme:syslog:kernel and unsorted messages
# segfaults
cs_re_s:red,,bold:kernel: ([^:]*): segfault at [^ ]* rip [^ ]* rsp [^ ]* error
cs_re:yellow:kernel: .*: segfault at [^ ]* rip [^ ]* rsp [^ ]* error
# misc
cs_re:red,,inverse/underline:kernel
cs_re:green:Detected.*$
cs_re:green:\[
cs_re:green:\]
cs_re:cyan::
cs_re:blue:^... .. ..:..:..
cs_re_s:,,bold:^... .. ..:..:.. [^ ]* ([A-z0-9]*)
cs_re:red:scanlogd.*
cs_re:yellow:Did.not
#
# ssh
colorscheme:ssh:www.openssh.org
cs_re:yellow:error: Could not get shadow information for.*
cs_re:yellow:fatal: Timeout before authentication for.*
cs_re_s:red,,bold:error: PAM: Authentication failure for(.*)
cs_re:red:error: PAM: Authentication failure for
cs_re:red,,blink:error: Bind to port [0-9]* on [^ ]* failed: Address already in use.
cs_re_s:red,,bold:error: PAM: Authentication failure for ([^ ]*) from (.*)
cs_re:red:error: PAM: Authentication failure for ([^ ]*) from (.*)
cs_re_s:green,,bold:Accepted [^ ]* for ([^ ]*) from ([^ ]*) port ([0-9]*) ssh2
cs_re:green:Accepted [^ ]* for [^ ]* from [^ ]* port.*
cs_re:red:PAM session setup failed\[[0-9]*\]:.*
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:Failed ([^ ]*) for ([^ ]*) from ([^ ]*) port ([0-9]*).*
cs_re:yellow:Failed [^ ]* for [^ ]* from [^ ]* port [0-9]* .*
cs_re:red:Disconnecting: Too many authentication failures for.*
#
# linux iptables firewall
colorscheme:liniptfw:Linux IPtables (2.6.x kernel)
cs_re:cyan::
cs_re:blue:^... .. ..:..:..
cs_re_s:red:kernel: .*(DPT=[0-9]*)
cs_re_s:yellow:kernel: (IN=[^ ]*)
cs_re_s:cyan:kernel: .*(SRC=[^ ]*) *(DST=[^ ]*)
cs_re_s:green:kernel: .*(PROTO=[^ ]*)
#
# postfix log
colorscheme:postfix:www.postfix.org
cs_re:cyan::
cs_re:yellow:status=sent
cs_re:magenta:queue.active
cs_re:green:from=.*>
cs_re:red:to=.*>
cs_re:blue:^... .. ..:..:..
cs_re:green:\[
cs_re:green:\]
#
# apache
colorscheme:apache:default Apache logging (webserver)
cs_re:red: 404
cs_re:cyan::
cs_re:green:\[
cs_re:green:\]
# ip-adresses in the format x.x.x.x
cs_re:yellow:^[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}
# hostnames
cs_re:yellow:^[^ ]*
### Apache errorlog
colorscheme:apache_error:default Apache error logging
cs_re:yellow:\[client .*\]
cs_re:red: [^ ]*$
cs_re:blue:^\[... ... .. ..:..:.. ....\]
#
# rsstail (http://www.vanheusden.com/rsstail/)
colorscheme:rsstail:RSSTail output (RSS feed reader)
cs_re:cyan::
cs_re:blue:^.......... ..:..:..
cs_re:green:Title:.*
cs_re:red:^Link:.*
cs_re:yellow:^Description:
#
# acctail (http://www.vanheusden.com/acctail/)
colorscheme:acctail:(BSD-) process accounting reader
cs_re:green:^................
cs_re_s:red:^.................(....)
cs_re_s:cyan:^......................(........)
cs_re_s:yellow:^...............................(........)
cs_re:blue:\.
#
# wtmptail (http://www.vanheusden.com/wtmptail/)
colorscheme:wtmptail:www.vanheusden.com/wtmptail/
cs_re:blue:\.
cs_re:blue::
cs_re:yellow:^USER.*
cs_re:green:^........
cs_re:cyan:[0-9]*:[0-9]*[ap]m
cs_re:red:^..................................
cs_re:black,red,blink:BOOT
cs_re:black,yellow:DEAD
#
# squid
colorscheme:squid:http proxy server
cs_re:blue:^[^ ]*
cs_re_s:yellow:^[^ ]* *[0-9]* *([^ ]*)
cs_re_s:green:^[^ ]* *[0-9]* *[^ ]* ([^ ]*)
cs_re_s:cyan:^[^ ]* *[0-9]* *[^ ]* [^ ]* *[0-9]* *[^ ]* *([^ ]*)
#
# asterisk
colorscheme:asterisk:software PBX
cs_re:blue::
cs_re:cyan:^...............
cs_re:red:ERROR
cs_re:yellow:WARNING
cs_re:green:NOTICE
cs_re:magenta:DEBUG
cs_re:magenta:VERBOSE
cs_re:red,black,underline:Unable to.*
#
# sendmail
colorscheme:sendmail
cs_re:blue:^...............
cs_re:cyan:to=<[^>]*>
cs_re:yellow:stat=Deferred.*
cs_re:red:stat=User unknown
cs_re:green:stat=Sent.*
cs_re:magenta:relay=[^ ]*
cs_re:cyan::
cs_re:red:verify=FAIL
#
# MailScanner
colorscheme:mailscanner:wrapper around sendmail/clamav/spamassassin
cs_re:red:Detected HTML-specific exploits in.*
cs_re:magenta:Delivered [0-9]* warnings to virus senders
cs_re:yellow:Spam Checks: Found [0-9]* spam messages
cs_re:yellow:Content Checks: Detected and will disarm HTML message in.*
cs_re:green:Uninfected: Delivered [0-9]* messages
cs_re:red:Infected message [^ ]* came from.*
cs_re:yellow:Saved infected "[^"]*" to.*
cs_re:blue:^...............
cs_re:cyan::
#
# SpamAssassin
colorscheme:spamassassin
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:blue:^... .. ..:..:..
cs_re:yellow:autolearn=failed
cs_re:red,,blink:server killed by [^,]*, shutting down
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:identified spam ([^ ]*) for ([^ ]*) in ([^ ]*) seconds, ([^ ]*) bytes.
cs_re:yellow:identified spam [^ ]* for [^ ]* in [^ ]* seconds, [^ ]* bytes.
cs_re_s:green,,bold:server successfully spawned child process, pid (.*)
cs_re:green:server successfully spawned child process, pid
#
# ClamAV
colorscheme:clamav:clamd logging
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:blue:^... ... [0-9]* ..:..:.. ....
cs_re_s:red,,bold:ERROR:(.*)
cs_re:red:ERROR:
cs_re_s:green,,bold:Protecting against ([0-9]*) viruses.
cs_re:green:Protecting against [0-9]* viruses.
cs_re:red,black,inverse:Exiting.*
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:^(.*): Unable to open file or directory ERROR
cs_re:yellow:^.*: Unable to open file or directory ERROR
cs_re:red,black,inverse:LOGGING DISABLED.*
#
# samba
colorscheme:samba
cs_re_s:blue:^.([0-9]*/[0-9]*/[0-9]* [0-9]*:[0-9]*:[0-9]*, [0-9]*)
cs_re:blue:\.
cs_re_s:green:^ *([^ ]*).*(connect to service folkert initially as user [^ ]*)
cs_re:yellow:closed connection to service.*
cs_re:red:Error =.*
cs_re:red:ERRNO =.*
cs_re:red:^.*does not exist or is not a directory, when connecting to.*
cs_re:red:Ignoring unknown parameter.*
cs_re:green,,bold:smbd version.*started.
cs_re:green,,bold:Netbios nameserver version.*started.
cs_re:green:Samba name server.*is now a local master browser for workgroup.*on subnet.*
cs_re:yellow:Attempting to become domain master browser on workgroup.*, subnet.*
cs_re:green:Samba is now a logon server for workgroup.*on subnet.*
cs_re:yellow,,bold:Server.*at IP.*is announcing itself as a local master browser for workgroup.*and we think we are master. Forcing election.
#
# audit.log
colorscheme:audit
cs_re:cyan::
cs_re:blue:^... .. ..:..:..
cs_re:red:Illegal user.*
cs_re:green:session opened for user.*
cs_re:green:Accepted publickey for
cs_re:yellow:Did not receive identification string from.*
#
# exim
colorscheme:exim
cs_re:cyan::
cs_re:blue:^....-..-.. ..:..:..
cs_re:magenta,,bold:<=
cs_re:magenta,,bold:=>
cs_re:green,,bold:=> *[^ ]*
cs_re:green:<= *[^ ]*
cs_re:green,,bold:=> *[^ ]* <[^>]*>

cs_re:green:<= *[^ ]* <[^>]*>
cs_re:yellow:H=[^ ]*
cs_re:red:verify failed for SMTP recipient.*
cs_re:red: *[^ ]* \[[0-9\.:]*\]: Connection refused
cs_re:red:SMTP.*timeout.*
cs_re:yellow:Spool file is locked (another process is handling this message)
#
# httping
colorscheme:httping:ping for HTTP
cs_re:green:^PING .*:
cs_re:magenta:time=[0-9\.]* ms
cs_re:yellow:seq=[0-9]*
cs_re:green:^---.*
cs_re_s:green:^([0-9]*) connects, ([0-9]*) ok, ([^%]*)
cs_re_s:green:^round-trip.*= ([0-9\.]*)/([0-9\.]*)/([0-9\.]*)
cs_re:red:404 Not Found
cs_re:blue:[0-9]*KB/s
cs_re:red:could not connect
#
# netstat (use for example with multitail -R 1 -l "netstat")
colorscheme:netstat:see www.vanheusden.com/multitail/examples.html
cs_re:green:ESTABLISHED
cs_re:yellow:SYN_SENT
cs_re:magenta:CLOSE_WAIT
cs_re:blue:FIN_WAIT1
cs_re:blue,,underline:FIN_WAIT2
cs_re_s:red::([^ ]*)
cs_re:cyan:^[^ ]*
#
# tcpdump
colorscheme:tcpdump
cs_re:blue:^[^ ]*
cs_re:magenta::
#17:44:07.363010 IP muur.intranet.vanheusden.com.49584 > keetweej.intranet.vanheusden.com.ssh:
cs_re_s:red:^[^ ]* [^ ]* *[^ ]* > [^:]*: *([^ ]*)
cs_re_s:green:^[^ ]* [^ ]* *[^ ]*\.([^ ]*) > [^ ]*\.([^:]*):
cs_re:magenta:\.
#
# dhcpd
colorscheme:dhcpd
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:blue:^... .. ..:..:..
cs_re:green,,bold:DHCPACK
cs_re_s:green:DHCPACK on ([^ ]*) to ([^ ]*) to (.*)
cs_re_s:red,,bold:DHCPINFORM from ([^ ]*) via
cs_re:red:DHCPINFORM from.*via.*not authoritative for subnet.*
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:DHCPDECLINE of ([^ ]*) from ([^ ]*) via
cs_re:yellow:DHCPDECLINE of.*from.*via.*
cs_re:cyan:DHCPNAK
#
# bind
colorscheme:bind
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:blue:^... .. ..:..:..
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:lame server resolving ([^ ]*).*in ([^?]*).*: (.*$)
cs_re:yellow:lame server resolving [^ ]* .in [^:]*..:
cs_re_s:red,,bold:client ([^#]*)#[0-9]*: update forwarding denied
cs_re:red:client [^:]*: update forwarding denied
cs_re_s:cyan,,bold:received notify for zone (.*)
cs_re:cyan:received notify for zone
cs_re:cyan:zone [^:]*: transferred serial.*
cs_re:cyan:zone [^:]*: sending notifies .serial [0-9]*.
cs_re_s:green,,bold:transfer of [^ ]* from ([^#]*)#[0-9]*: end of transfer
cs_re:green:transfer of [^ ]* from [^:]*: end of transfer
cs_re:yellow:loading configuration from.*
cs_re:yellow:no IPv6 interfaces found
cs_re:red:logging channel [^ ]* file [^:]*: permission denied
cs_re:red:isc_log_open [^ ]* failed: permission denied
cs_re:red:zone [^:]*: loading master file [^:]*: file not found
cs_re:green,,bold:named reload succeeded
#
# smartd
colorscheme:smartd
cs_re_s:red,,bold:Device: [^,]*, SMART Usage Attribute: [0-9]* ([^ ]*) changed from [0-9]* to (.*)
cs_re:red:Device: [^,]*, SMART Usage Attribute: [0-9]* [^ ]* changed from [0-9]* to.*
#
# kerberos
colorscheme:kerberos
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:blue:^... [0-9]* ..:..:..
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:klogind.*: Authentication failed from ([^:]*): Software caused connection abort
cs_re:yellow:klogind.*: Authentication failed from [^:]*: Software caused connection abort
cs_re:red:klogind.*: Kerberos authentication failed
cs_re:red,,bold:klogind.*: User ([^ ]*) is not authorized to login to account(.*)
cs_re:red:klogind.*: User [^ ]* is not authorized to login to account.*
cs_re_s:red,,bold:ksu.*:.*authentication failed for ([^ ]*) on
cs_re:red:ksu.*:.*authentication failed for [^ ]* on.*
cs_re:green:commencing operation
cs_re_s:,,bold:AS_REQ [^}]*}, ([^ ]*) for (.*)
cs_re:magenta:Ticket expired
cs_re:red:Client not found in Kerberos database
#
# Oracle
colorscheme:oracle
cs_re:red,,bold:^ORA-0*600.*
cs_re:red,,bold:^ORA-0*7445.*
# ORA-07745:?
cs_re_s:yellow:^ORA-([^:]*):
#
# ntpd
colorscheme:ntpd
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:blue:^... .. ..:..:..
cs_re_s:red,,bold:configure: keyword "([^"]*)" unknown, line ignored
cs_re:red:configure: keyword "([^"]*)" unknown, line ignored
cs_re:yellow,,blink:ntpd\[.*\]: ntpd exiting on signal.*
cs_re:green,,bold:ntpd\[.*\]: ntpd [^e].*
cs_re_s:green,,bold:synchronized to ([^,]*)
cs_re:green:synchronized to.*
cs_re:red:check receiver configuration / cableling
#
# nagtail
colorscheme:nagtail:www.nagios.org status viewer
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:magenta:/
cs_re:blue:^..../../.. ..:..
cs_re_s:red,,bold:^................ (CRIT)
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:^................ (WARN)
cs_re_s:green:^................ ( OK )
cs_re_s:white,,bold:^................ ( \?\? )
cs_re_s:green:^..../../.. ..:.. ..... *([^ ]*)
cs_re_s:yellow:^..../../.. ..:.. ..... *[^ ]* *(.*)
#
# WebSphere errorlog
colorscheme:websphere:WebSphere error-log
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:magenta:/
cs_re:blue,,bold:\.
cs_re:blue:^.[0-9]*/[0-9]*/[0-9]* *[0-9]*:..:..:[0-9]* [^ ]*
cs_re_s:yellow:^.*\(([^:\)]*)
cs_re:red:Reason:.*
cs_re:red,,bold:Unable to
cs_re_s:red:Unable to(.*)
cs_re:red,,bold:Failed to
cs_re_s:red:Failed to(.*)
cs_re_s:green:^[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *([^ ]*)
cs_re_s:red,,bold:^[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *( F )
cs_re_s:red:^[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *( E )
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:^[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *( W )
cs_re_s:yellow:^[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *( A )
cs_re_s:green,,bold:^[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *(I)
cs_re_s:green:^[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *( C )
cs_re_s:magenta,,bold:^[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *( R )
cs_re_s:magenta:^[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *( O )
cs_re_s:red,,bold:^[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ ]* *( Z )
cs_re:yellow:Next Linked Exception:
cs_re:magenta,,bold:Queue manager security exit rejected connection with error code [0-9]*
cs_re:red,,bold:com.ibm.mq.MQException: [^:]*: An MQException occurred: Completion Code [0-9]*, Reason [0-9]*
cs_re:yellow:Begin backtrace for nested exception
cs_re:yellow:Socket connection attempt refused
cs_re:yellow:Other data:
cs_re:yellow:Exception data follows:
cs_re:green:Target name: .*
#
# NNTPcache
colorscheme:nntpcache
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:magenta:/
cs_re:blue:^... .. ..:..:..
cs_re:yellow:nntpcache-expire.*: clean shutdown
cs_re:green:nntpcache-expire.*: expire task awakening
cs_re_s:red,,bold:Connection timed out: could.*t connect to ([^ ]*) as (.*)
cs_re:red:Connection timed out: could.*t connect to [^ ]* as
cs_re:yellow:^.*dropped connection during rebuild of.*$
cs_re:red,,bold:'501.*
cs_re:red,,bold:'480.*
#
# Veritas Netbackup restore log
colorscheme:vnetbr:Veritas Netbackup backup/restore logs
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:magenta:\(
cs_re:magenta:\)
cs_re:blue:^..:..:.. .[0-9]*.[^\)]*.
cs_re_s:green:Restore job id ([0-9]*) will require ([0-9]*) image
cs_re:green:Restore job id [0-9]* will require [0-9]* image.*
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:Media id ([^ ]*) is needed for the restore.
cs_re:yellow:Media id ([^ ]*) is needed for the restore.
cs_re:green:INF - Beginning restore from server [^ ]* to client [^ ]*.
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:Changed ([^ ]*) to ([^ ]*)
cs_re:yellow:Changed [^ ]* to [^ ]*
cs_re_s:red,,bold:Directory ([^ ]*) already exists.
cs_re:red:Directory [^ ]* already exists.
cs_re_s:green,,bold:Added ([^ ]*) permission to directory (.*)
cs_re:green:Added [^ ]* permission to directory.*
cs_re_s:yellow,,blink:INF - Media id ([^ ]*) is not in a robotic library; administrative interaction may be required to satisfy a mount request.
cs_re:yellow:INF - Media id [^ ]* is not in a robotic library; administrative interaction may be required to satisfy a mount request.
cs_re:red,black,inverse:INF - Status = termination requested by administrator.
cs_re:red,,blink:media read error
cs_re:red,,bold:Status of restore from image created.*media read error
cs_re:red:INF - Status = the restore failed to recover the requested files.
cs_re:green,,bold:INF - Status = the requested operation was successfully completed.
#
# procmail
colorscheme:procmail
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:magenta:/
cs_re_s:blue,,bold:^procmail: \[[0-9]*\] ([^ ]* [^ ]* *[^ ]* ..:..:.. [^ ]*)
cs_re:blue:^procmail: \[[0-9]*\] [^ ]* [^ ]* *[^ ]* ..:..:.. [^ ]*
cs_re_s:green,,bold:^procmail: Match on "(.*)"
cs_re:green:^procmail: Match on.*
cs_re:red:^procmail: Executing.*
cs_re:magenta,,bold:^procmail: Assigning
cs_re:yellow:warning:.*
cs_re:yellow:Couldn't determine implicit lockfile from.*
#
# checkpoint
colorscheme:checkpoint:Checkpoint Firewall-1
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:blue:^[0-9]*:[0-9]*:[0-9]*
cs_re:red,,bold:^..:..:.. *drop
cs_re_s:red,,bold:^..:..:.. *drop.*(service: *[^;]*)
cs_re:green:^..:..:.. *accept
cs_re:yellow,,bold:^..:..:.. *reject
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:^..:..:.. *reject.*(service: *[^;]*)
cs_re:green,,bold:rule: *[^;]*
cs_re:yellow:service: *[^;]*
cs_re:magenta:src: *[^;]*
cs_re:magenta,,bold:dst: *[^;]*
cs_re:blue,,bold:>[^ ]*
#
# pppd
colorscheme:pppd:PPP daemon
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:blue:^... .. ..:..:..
cs_re_s:red,,bold:Hangup(.*)
cs_re:red:Hangup
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:Terminating on signal(.*)
cs_re:yellow:Terminating on signal.*
cs_re_s:green,,bold:Connect time ([^ ]*) minutes.
cs_re:green:Connect time [^ ]* minutes.
cs_re_s:magenta,,bold:Sent ([0-9]*) bytes, received ([0-9]*) bytes.
cs_re:magenta:Sent [0-9]* bytes, received [0-9]* bytes.
cs_re:green:pppd [^ ]* started by [^,]*, uid [0-9]*
cs_re_s:blue,,bold:Using interface (.*)
cs_re:blue:Using interface.*
cs_re_s:green,,bold:local *IP address (.*)
cs_re:green:local *IP address.*
cs_re:red,black,inverse:Couldn't detach (fork failed:.*)
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:Unsupported protocol (.*) received
cs_re:yellow,black,inverse:Unsupported protocol .* received
cs_re:yellow,,blink:Peer not responding
cs_re:,,inverse:DNS address.*
#
# INN
colorscheme:inn
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:blue:^... .. ..:..:..
cs_re:yellow:nnrpd.*: .* timeout
#
# Netscape Directory server (LDAP)
colorscheme:netscapeldap:Netscape Directory server (LDAP)
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:magenta:/
cs_re:blue:^.../.../....:..:..:.. ......
cs_re:green:Netscape-Directory.*starting up
cs_re:yellow:All database threads now stopped
cs_re:green:Backing up file.*
cs_re:red:Detected Disorderly Shutdown last time Directory Server was running, recovering database.
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:Entry ([^ ]*) unknown object class ([^ ]*)
cs_re:yellow:Entry [^ ]* unknown object class [^ ]*
cs_re:red,,blink:Shutting down due to possible conflicts with other slapd processes
cs_re:red,,bold:Unable to start slapd because it is already running as process ([0-9]*)
cs_re:red,,blink:Unable to start slapd because it is already running as process [0-9]*
cs_re:yellow:slapd got [^ ]* signal
#
# vmstat
colorscheme:vmstat:vmstat is part of sysstat
cs_re_s:magenta:^(procs) -----------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- --system-- ----cpu----
cs_re_s:red:^procs (-----------memory----------) ---swap-- -----io---- --system-- ----cpu----
cs_re_s:green:^procs -----------memory---------- (---swap--) -----io---- --system-- ----cpu----
cs_re_s:yellow:^procs -----------memory---------- ---swap-- (-----io----) --system-- ----cpu----
cs_re_s:blue:^procs -----------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- (--system--) ----cpu----
cs_re_s:magenta,,bold:^ (r  b)   swpd   free   buff  cache   si   so    bi    bo   in    cs us sy id wa
cs_re_s:red,,bold:^ r  b   (swpd   free   buff  cache)   si   so    bi    bo   in    cs us sy id wa
cs_re_s:green,,bold:^ r  b   swpd   free   buff  cache   (si   so)    bi    bo   in    cs us sy id wa
cs_re_s:yellow,,bold:^ r  b   swpd   free   buff  cache   si   so    (bi    bo)   in    cs us sy id wa
cs_re_s:blue,,bold:^ r  b   swpd   free   buff  cache   si   so    bi    bo   (in    cs) us sy id wa
cs_re_s:,,bold:^ r  b   swpd   free   buff  cache   si   so    bi    bo   in    cs (us sy id wa)
cs_re_val_bigger:yellow:0:^ *[0-9]* *[0-9]* *[0-9]* *[0-9]* *[0-9]* *[0-9]* *[0-9]* *[0-9]* *([0-9]*) *([0-9]*)
#
# log4j
colorscheme:log4j
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:magenta:/
cs_re:blue:^[0-9]*-[0-9]*-[0-9]* [0-9]*:[0-9]*:[0-9]*,[0-9]*
cs_re_s:blue,,bold:^[^ ]* *[^,]*,[^ ]* *[0-9]* *(DEBUG) *[^ ]* [^ ]* *(.*)$
cs_re_s:green:^[^ ]* *[^,]*,[0-9]* *[0-9]* *(INFO) *[^ ]* [^ ]* *(.*)$
cs_re_s:yellow:^[^ ]* *[^,]*,[0-9]* *[0-9]* *(WARN) *[^ ]* [^ ]* *(.*)$
cs_re_s:red:^[^ ]* *[^,]*,[0-9]* *[0-9]* *(ERROR) *[^ ]* [^ ]* *(.*)$
cs_re_s:red,,bold:^[^ ]* *[^,]*,[0-9]* *[0-9]* *(FATAL) *[^ ]* [^ ]* *(.*)$
cs_re_s:white,,bold:^[^ ]* *[^,]*,[0-9]* *[0-9]* *[A-Z]* *(.*)
#
# LambdaMOO
colorscheme:lambdamoo:MUD/MOO server http://www.moo.mud.org/
cs_re:magenta::
cs_re:blue:^... [0-9]* ..:..:..:
cs_re:green:STARTING: Version [^ ]* of the LambdaMOO server
cs_re:yellow:DUMPING:.*
cs_re:red:Can't create initial connection point
cs_re_s:red,,bold/blink:Trying to dump database:(.*)
cs_re:red,,bold:Trying to dump database:
#
#
# default colorschemes:
scheme:postfix:/var/log/mail/
scheme:sendmail:/var/log/mail/
scheme:exim:/var/log/mail/
scheme:apache:/var/log/apache/.*access
scheme:apache_error:/var/log/apache/.*error
scheme:asterisk:/var/log/asterisk/messages
scheme:samba:/var/log/samba/
scheme:squid:/var/log/squid/
scheme:syslog,ssh:/var/log/
scheme:vnetbr:bplog.rest
scheme:procmail:procmail.log
scheme:inn:/var/log/news/
#
# default number of lines to buffer FOR THESE PATTERNS:
default_nlines:250:/var/log/apache/*.access
default_bytes:50kb:/var/log/
#
# default number of lines to buffer globally
# one can set only 1 of these two
#global_default_nlines:500
global_default_nkb:25kb
#
# how often to check for mail
# set to 0 to disable
# default is every 5 seconds
check_mail:5
#
# width of a TAB-character. in the VI editor this is, for
# example, 8. default in multitail is 4
tab_stop:4
#
# what program to start when the user presses a key
# ...:x:...  just that key
# ...:^x:... that key with control
bind:g:/usr/bin/pine
bind:^j:/bin/bash
bind:^t:/usr/bin/telnet
bind:^s:/bin/su
#
# enable things with the xterm title bar
# %f  changed file
# %h  hostname
# %l  system load
# %m  "New mail" or nothing
# %u  username
# %t  date + time
titlebar:%m %u@%h %f (%t) [%l]
#
# where to find tail. this is used when you don't use the default tail (using
# turbotail for example)
# or your tail is located somewhere else
#tail:/usr/bin/tail
#
# use bright colors
#bright:1
#
# wether to abbreviate filesizes to xKB/MB/GB
abbreviate_filesize:on
#
# show number of subwindow?
show_subwindow_id:off
#
# attributes for the marker-line
markerline_color:red,black,reverse
#
# show timestamp in markerline?
markerline_timestamp:on
# whot character to print in the markerline
markerline_char:-
#
# attributes for the line that is printed when multitail switches subwindow
changeline_color:blue,black,bold/reverse
changeline_char:-
#
# line printed when nothing happens in a window for a while
idleline_color:yellow,black,bold/reverse
idleline_char:-
#
# line printed for multitail messages (regexp errors, file truncated, etc)
msgline_color:magenta,black,bold/reverse
msgline_char:-
#
# when converting to a timestring, use this format:
# (also for markerline)
ts_format:%b %d %H:%M:%S
#
# timestring format for conversions
cnv_ts_format:%b %d %H:%M:%S %Y
#
# timestring format for statusline
statusline_ts_format:%Y/%m/%d %H:%M:%S
#
# put statusline above the data instead below it?
statusline_above_data:no
#
# statusline attributes
statusline_attrs:white,black,reverse
#
# conversions
# note: the part you want to have replaced must be between '(' and ')'
# possible conversions:
#       ip4tohost:   an ip-address in 4 byte dotted format to a hostname
#       epochtodate: a value representing the number of seconds since 1970 to
#                    a time-string. format of the string can be set with
#                    "ts_format".
#       errnotostr:  an errno-value to the error message it represents
#       hextodec:    a hex-value into its decimal version
#       dectohex:    a decimal value into hexadecimal
convert:apache:ip4tohost:^([0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3})
convert:squid:epochtodate:^([0-9]*)
convert:squid:ip4tohost:^[^ ]* *[0-9]* *([0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3})
convert:asterisk:epochtodate:^([0-9]*).([0-9]*)
#
# shell to invoke
shell:/bin/sh
#
# default scrollback linewrap mode
# default is yes (do wrap)
dsblwm:yes
#
# should a popup box be displayed when a window closes by itself?
warn_closed:yes
#
# allow 8 bit ascii? (e.g. umlauts etc.)
allow_8bit:yes
#
# beep, flash, popup or none when error?
beep_method:flash
# in case of beep_method:popup; how long to display the popup before it
# automatically disappears (in seconds)
beep_popup_length:0.1
#
# ^x instead of an inverse .
caret_notation:yes
#
# what umask to use when creating files
umask:0022
#
# how often to refresh popups (in case applicable)
popup_refresh_interval:5
#
# print a markerline when one merges multiple logfiles and tail changes
# from one logfile to an other
global_mark_change:no
# default settings for files selected with a regular expression(!)
default_mark_change:yes:/var/log/apache/.*
#
replace_by_markerline:-- MARK --
#
# what to buffer by default 'a'll or what went through the 'f'ilter
default_bufferwhat:f
#
# should searches be case insentive? press 'I' in the main menu to toggle at run-time
searches_case_insensitive:no

Below is a multitail.conf Version 4.1 that I have modified for my use.

#Possible colors: red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan and white.

# Pick default screen 
#defaultcscheme:syslog

# /var/log/messages & .../syslog
colorscheme:syslog
cs_re:red:.*kernel.*
cs_re:magenta:.*sshd.*
cs_re:red:.*iptables.*
cs_re:red:.*sensorsd.*
cs_re:yellow:.*nagios.*
cs_re:yellow:.*null.*
cs_re:yellow:.*login.*
cs_re:yellow:.*bsd.*
cs_re:green:.*named.*
cs_re:green:.*MINUTE MARK.*
cs_re:green:.*last message repeated.*
cs_re:green:.*logger.*
cs_re:blue:.*ntpd.*

# postfix log
colorscheme:postfix
cs_re:red:.*reject.*
cs_re:blue:.*cleanup.*
cs_re:blue:.*smtpd.*
cs_re:green:.*to=.*
cs_re:yellow:.*from=.*
cs_re:magenta:.*status=deferred.*
cs_re:magenta:.*spamd.*
cs_re:red:.*warning.*
cs_re:red:.*bounced.*

#snort log
colorscheme:snort
cs_re:green:.*Priority: 3.*
cs_re:yellow:.*Priority: 2.*
cs_re:red:.*Priority: 1.*


# Default colorschemes
scheme:postfix:/var/log/maillog
scheme:syslog:/var/log/messages
scheme:snort:/var/log/snort/alert

# wether to abbreviate filesizes to xKB/MB/GB
abbreviate_filesize:on

# Turn off mail check
check_mail:0

# timestring format for statusline
statusline_ts_format:%m/%d/%Y %H:%M

statusline_attrs:blue,white,reverse

# enable things with the xterm title bar
# %f  changed file
# %h  hostname
# %l  system load
# %m  "New mail" or nothing
# %u  username
# %t  date + time
titlebar:%u@%h %f (%t) [%l]

This multitail.conf version 4.1 file is one that I use and like. It is setup for watching syslog, postfix, and snort logs. It colors the whole line on a match not just parts of the line.

#Possible colors: red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan and white.

# Pick default screen 
#defaultcscheme:syslog

# /var/log/messages & .../syslog
colorscheme:syslog
cs_re:red:.*kernel.*
cs_re:magenta:.*sshd.*
cs_re:red:.*iptables.*
cs_re:red:.*sensorsd.*
cs_re:yellow:.*nagios.*
cs_re:yellow:.*null.*
cs_re:yellow:.*login.*
cs_re:yellow:.*bsd.*
cs_re:green:.*named.*
cs_re:green:.*MINUTE MARK.*
cs_re:green:.*last message repeated.*
cs_re:green:.*logger.*
cs_re:blue:.*ntpd.*

# postfix log
colorscheme:postfix
cs_re:red:.*reject.*
cs_re:blue:.*cleanup.*
cs_re:blue:.*smtpd.*
cs_re:green:.*to=.*
cs_re:yellow:.*from=.*
cs_re:magenta:.*status=deferred.*
cs_re:magenta:.*spamd.*
cs_re:red:.*warning.*
cs_re:red:.*bounced.*

#snort log
colorscheme:snort
cs_re:green:.*Priority: 3.*
cs_re:yellow:.*Priority: 2.*
cs_re:red:.*Priority: 1.*


# Default colorschemes
scheme:postfix:/var/log/maillog
scheme:syslog:/var/log/messages
scheme:snort:/var/log/snort/alert

# wether to abbreviate filesizes to xKB/MB/GB
abbreviate_filesize:on

# Turn off mail check
check_mail:0

# timestring format for statusline
statusline_ts_format:%m/%d/%Y %H:%M

statusline_attrs:blue,white,reverse

# enable things with the xterm title bar
# %f  changed file
# %h  hostname
# %l  system load
# %m  "New mail" or nothing
# %u  username
# %t  date + time
titlebar:%u@%h %f (%t) [%l]

The bash script below is what I use to start the config file above. It filters out the lines with the words I don't want to see.

#!/bin/bash
# -ev negates the regular expression so it will not show up in the logfile window only
# for the file following the command(s). 
# -cS uses the color scheme set in multitail.conf for only the file follwing the command.
# -i specific file to tail.
# -wh window 2's only 12 lines high

# The order of these lines matter as each color scheme and regular expression are tied to
# the file that is being tailed. Everything before each -i is tied to the options before it.

confpath="multitail.conf"

multitail --config $confpath \
-cS syslog \
-ev "publickey for sybase" \
-ev "pam_rhosts_auth" \
-ev "pam_unix" \
-ev "ftp" \
-ev "inetd" \
-ev "last message repeated" \
-ev "load average" \
-ev "locate module sound" \
-ev "LOGIN ON" \
-ev "nfs: server" \
-ev "popa3d" \
-ev "rejected prog 100000" \
-ev "thttpd" \
-ev "ucd-snmp" \
-ev "usb-uhci" \
-ev "hdc" \
-i /var/log/messages \
-cS postfix \
-ev "data_notify" \
-ev "allmode" \
-i /var/log/maillog \
-cS snort \
-ev "Hotmail" \
-wh 12 \
-i /var/log/snort/alert

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