Band Saw 0.3.0 Released (09 March 2006)
The final release of Band Saw 0.3.0 is now available. This is the first release that replaces the popup alert dialogs with a nifty icon in the notification tray. If you downloaded the development release you should still upgrade as I've fixed some UI bugs and updated the user manual.
Band Saw is a syslog monitoring program for the GNOME desktop. It allows the user to setup filters that define which messages should generate alerts. Combined with syslog's remote logging functionality it provides a scalable and easily deployed monitoring solution.
Band Saw is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Band Saw is really quite simple; it monitors messages that are fed to it from a suitably configured syslog server, looking out for messages that contain text that the administrator is interested in. Any log message that matches the administrator's filters will be brought to the user's attention via a dialog box that pops up on screen.
Because syslog itself supports propagating messages between seperate computers, with syslog and Band Saw you can easily monitor a large number of computers for critical errors.
Instructions on setting syslog up are included in the online help. Just run Band Saw, open the main window, and press F1.