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beaver (8) Versions 1.1.0

Installs/Configures beaver

cookbook 'beaver', '= 1.1.0'
cookbook 'beaver', '= 1.1.0', :supermarket
knife cookbook site install beaver
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beaver Cookbook

Install beaver — the python daemon that munches on logs and sends their contents to logstash.


Ohai and Chef:

This cookbook makes use of node['platform_family'] to simplify platform selection logic. This attribute was introduced in Ohai v0.6.12.


The following platform families are supported:

  • Debian


  • python (to use the pip LWRP)



Key Type Description Default
<tt>['beaver']['version']</tt> String Version to install via pip <tt>29</tt>
<tt>['beaver']['log_path']</tt> String Log path <tt>/var/log</tt>
<tt>['beaver']['log_file']</tt> String Log file <tt>beaver.log</tt>
<tt>['beaver']['generate_keypair']</tt> Boolean Whether to generate and expose keypair or not <tt>false</tt>
<tt>['beaver']['ssh_key_file']</tt> String Basename of the keyfiles to generate <tt>logger</tt>
<tt>['beaver']['config_path']</tt> String Configuration path <tt>/etc/beaver</tt>
<tt>['beaver']['config_file']</tt> String Configuration file <tt>beaver.conf</tt>
<tt>['beaver']['configuration']</tt> Hash Key/Value configuration pairs <tt>{ 'respawn_delay' => 3, 'max_failure' => 7 }
<tt>['beaver']['files']</tt> Array Array containing hashes like { 'path' => '/var/log/syslog', 'type' => 'syslogs', 'tags' => 'sys, syslog' } for files to watch <tt>[]</tt>


Managing log files

This cookbook includes an LWRP for managing log files consumed by Beaver. It does so by dropping configuration snippets for each log file into Beaver's conf.d directory.


  • :create: Creates a config file and restarts Beaver to load it. (This is the default action)
  • :delete: Removes the config file.


Parameter Type Description Default
<tt>name</tt> String Should be a name for the log file. e.g. 'syslog' <tt></tt>
<tt>path</tt> String The path to the log file being monitored. (Required) <tt></tt>
<tt>cookbook</tt> String Which cookbook contains the config file template, beaver-tail.conf.erb. <tt>beaver</tt>
<tt>format</tt> String What Logstash format should be used to send the log data. <tt>json_event</tt>
<tt>type</tt> String What Logstash type to associate with the log data. <tt>file</tt>
<tt>tags</tt> Array The Logstash tags to associate with the log data as an array of strings. <tt>[]</tt>
<tt>add_field</tt> Array The Logstash field(s) to associate with the log data. An array of strings in the form ['fieldname1', 'fieldvalue1']. <tt>[]</tt>
<tt>exclude</tt> String Which log files to exclude. Useful if using a file glob in the path parameter. The value must be a valid Python regex string. <tt></tt>


# Monitor /var/log/syslog
beaver_tail "syslog" do
  path "/var/log/syslog"
  type "syslog"
  format "json_event"

# Follow all logs in /var/log except those with `messages` or `secure` in the name.
beaver_tail "system logs" do
  path "/var/log/*log"
  type "syslog"
  tags: ["sys"]
  exclude "(messages|secure)"

# Stop monitoring syslog
beaver_tail "syslog" do
  action :delete



Just include beaver in your node's run_list:

  "run_list": [

And configure beaver either in role or on the node. If you set ['beaver']['ssh']['generate_keypair'] to true the cokbook will create a public-key pair in the config_path and will expose the public key on the node. This key can then be searched by e.g. the logstash host and grant password-free access to tunnel e.g. redis (or anything else) through it.


  1. Fork the repository on Github
  2. Create a named feature branch (like add_component_x)
  3. Write you change
  4. Write tests for your change (if applicable)
  5. Run the tests, ensuring they all pass
  6. Submit a Pull Request using Github


  • Jeff Ramnani
  • Andreas Lappe


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Dependent cookbooks

python >= 0.0.0

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