Search alerts are my favorite feature of Papertrail. Almost every
organization considers at least one subset of logs worthy of human attention, whether as a daily summary or an instant notification. That’s precisely why alerts exist. We’ve released a number of improvements to how alerts are managed. Below are a few of our favorites.
Search alerts and their details are listed on the
new alerts dashboard and when
editing a saved search. This helps answer questions like “Who’s this emailing?”
or “What’s the metric name in Librato?” Creating a new alert lists all the
available services so it’s clear what you can do with alerts and how.
Add multiple alerts to a saved search using the same alert service. For example, a saved search could ping several webhooks or email individual members of your team. Thresholds and frequencies are configured independently of other alerts.
Pick a saved search that you or someone on your team might want to skim once a day and choose to receive it in an email. You’ll soon find yourself with a small “robot army” of alerts, from a daily email of failed CSRF requests to a graph of how frequently a Ruby VM segfaults. Enjoy!