For the longest time I have wanted to get rid of dozen or so cron messages I receive every morning about things like DB backups, DB cleanups/vacuums, reporting etc. There are a number of solutions out there to help you manage the cron spam such as cronic, shush and cronwrap. They help by e-mailing you only if there is a problem however don't store the cron output itself. To get around that issue I have developed cronologger which can be downloaded from
Cronologger is a BASH script that stores all the cron output into a database. I am using CouchDB since it is a great document oriented database that allows me to add attachments (blobs) to a document. I assume it would not be hard to use MongoDB, Riak and others.
Some of the benefits of this utility are
- Reduce cron spam
- Provide the ability to correlate adverse affects by overlaying cron events on e.g. Ganglia graphs
- Provide a better report of all the batch jobs that ran, diff them with past jobs if they should look the same, etc.
- Provide the ability to easily view what is currently running on the whole infrastructure ie. job_duration < 0
- Review historical output
I am still working on web GUI for most of these things. I will gladly accept patches and new contributions.
Tip: To get view a list of documents in a CouchDB database you can use the _utils view e.g. http://localhost:5984/_utils/