Why log monitoring is great


Just found this while preparing for some prod updates and debugging why my account is broken on two of the servers I inherited

Oct  4 19:28:03 boxname updatething[60881]: [WARNING] no status file found (should only occur on first run)

Basically, even if it doesn’t say so, what it’s telling us is:

Sorry, I’m broken and I haven’t applied a single update since May 15th.

 

Just one silly check triggering on WARNING and they’d have known. This will be _hell_ to debug…

Working theory: This server slipt at the last patch cycle and didn’t get the updates since then..

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