Analyzing logs with Pig and Elastic MapReduce

This is a blog post I wrote for this year's Sysadvent series. If you're not familiar with the Sysadvent blog, you should be, if you are at all interested in system administration/devops topics. It is maintained by the indefatigable Jordan Sissel, and it contains posts contributed by various authors, 25 posts per year, from Dec 1st through Dec 25th. The posts cover a variety of topics, and to give you a taste, here are the articles so far this year:

Day 1: "Don't bash your process outputs" by Phil Hollenback
Day 2: "Strategies for Java deployment" by Kris Buytaert
Day 3: "Share skills and permissions with code" by Jordan Sissel
Day 4: "A guide to packaging systems" by Jordan Sissel
Day 5: "Tracking requests with Request Tracker" by Christopher Webber
Day 6: "Always be hacking" by John Vincent
Day 7: "Change and proximity of communication" by Aaron Nichols
Day 8: "Running services with systemd" by Jordan Sissel
Day 9: "Data in the shell" by Jordan Sissel
Day 10: "Analyzing logs with Pig and Elastic MapReduce" by yours truly
Day 11: "Simple disk-based server backups with rsnapshot" by Phil Hollenback
Day 12: "Reverse-engineer servers with Blueprint" by Richard Crowley

Jordan needs more articles for this year, so if you have something to contribute, please propose it on the mailing list.


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