quick and dirty log monitor one liner (requires multitail!)

multitail -D --follow-all -ev "cups" -ev "CUPS" -ev "AbusiveVMnameHere" -e "connect" -i /var/log/samba/yourUnifiedSambaLog -ev "cron" -i /var/log/auth.log -i /var/log/YourFTPlog
1st log (samba) has filters to omit annoying repetetive connections and messages about cups printer sharing, and ONLY show messages pertaining to connections to a samba service. Also requires Samba be configured to use a single logfile. use the path to your single samba logfile. 2nd log (for SSH) point to your /var/log/auth.log file. change path as needed. cron is filtered out to avoid looking at processes spawned by cron. which just eats up the screen unnecessarily. 3rd log (FTP), point at the logfile for your ftp daemon. assuming it uses a single file and does so neatly. multitail has lots of options. season to your tastes. this is a highly dumbed down version of the one liner I actually use for this, which incorporates several more logs, color options, window size options etc. depending how much garbage is generated by certain logs and what strings you ignore, when spawning this you may not see any previous log lines. this can be fixed using options like "-n [number]" to search back far enough to produce some lines. otherwise don't worry, it will display newly logged lines. --follow-all is used to follow filenames instead of descriptors. an important thing when following logfiles that rotate as most do.

2015-01-18 05:03:18

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