Scalyr updates: Tabular search results, log lines in alerts and more

Last month, we fixed a pile of bugs and added two of our most highly requested features. If you’re curious about which bugs we fixed, we list them in our weekly release notes at https://www.scalyr.com/releasenotes/.

Tabular Search Results

In addition to our standard side-scrolling log search results, we’ve added a new table view mode. If you’re searching through fairly heterogeneous logs, having the just the field values shown in columns makes it much easier to see patterns and find things.

To try table mode, just bring up the Display Settings dialog, and choose the table radio button under “Display log entries in…”. You can pick what to show as columns from the list of parsed fields plus from the system fields checkboxes.

Another nice benefit in using a table is that you can be more exact when filtering. In the screenshot above, I’ve used the mouse to select the ‘prune_rate’ value for the ‘path5’ field. If I click the FILTER FOR button, the query becomes “path5 contains ‘prune_rate‘”, instead of just “prune_rate”.

Log Lines in Alert Emails

Usually it’s easier to spot problems when you can see a visual trend, especially when you’ve got obvious spikes in a timeline or dashboard graph. There are other times, though, when one glance at a terribly familiar log line can tell the tale even better.

Raw log lines are so verbose that we’re not turning them on for everyone, but you can request them by dropping us an email at support@scalyr.com.

Obscured API Keys

For security or compliance purposes, you may be required to keep your API keys hidden from view in Scalyr.  We’ve added the ability to only show them when you create them, but keep them obfuscated on the client thereafter.

If you would like to turn this setting on, email us at support@scalyr.com.

Feedback

Got an idea, feedback or questions?  Email us at support@scalyr.com.

Scalyr updates: Usability on alerts, graphs, Live Tail, and more

Last month, we focused on usability improvements in our Scalyr Platform releases. These include better alerts, tweaks to the graph legend, live tail improvements, adding scrolling to the search fields sidebar and improving times and dates in search results.

This page shows the alerts and responses set up in Scalyr

Alerts

There are lots of usability goodies in this batch of alerts improvements. Amongst other changes, we made the display faster and filterable with a tabbed display that separates alerts by state (triggered, muted, etc.). This lets you zero in on stuff that matters and ignore the rest. And for those of you with lots of alerts, we’ve added infinite scrolling so that the page comes up much faster. Read more about alerts.

Graphs

We added a master checkbox on the legend so can click “all” or “none” to get to the view you need. We also added a mouseover so you can see on the legend what plot you’re looking at. Read more about graphs.

Live Tail

We heard your feedback on Live Tail! It now flows smoothly, giving you continuous updates with better viewability and the ability to start and stop easily.

Dates and times

We separated the date and time displays in your search results and now give you absolute times relative to UTC.

Field sidebar

We made the field sidebar scrollable instead of paginated and gave you the ability to filter on fields by name. Read more about fields sidebar.

Going forward

We are developing Scalyr with the engineering front line in mind, and with a focus on our three value pillars – fast, simple, and shareable.

In the coming months, we will focus on observability for container and serverless environments; enhance your stakeholders’ experience; and improve report creation, scheduling, and distribution.

Feedback

Your product (or any) feedback is always welcome. Please reach out to us at support@scalyr.com.

Scalyr Platform: Batch Log Export, Alerting, and UI

In the Scalyr platform, releases over the past month include batch log export to Amazon S3 and alerting and UI improvements.

Batch Log Export to Amazon S3

We will make batch log export available on June 11, allowing you to filter logs and export them to Amazon S3. This lets you archive log data for compliance purposes, store them for future use, or include them in your CRM or ticketing system. Moreover, the exports run in the background in Scalyr. Users receive email notifications when they are completed. You can read more at Batch Export to Amazon S3.

Scalyr Alert Email
Scalyr Alert Email

Alerting Improvements

As part of our effort to improve alerting, we’re making email notifications easier to use. We have grouped alerts into “new,” “ongoing,” and “resolved” sections, making new issues stand out more clearly. Additionally, each alert now provides direct, deep links to the exact spot in Scalyr search or graphs for the alert time range (or the current time).

User Interface Improvements

We have upgraded the UI, including adding expandable dashboard legends so you can make better sense of what you’re seeing.

Scalyr Dashboard Expandable Legend
Scalyr Dashboard Expandable Legend

Going Forward

We are developing Scalyr for the engineering front line with a focus on our three value pillars: fast, simple, and shareable.

We will continue to revamp common workflows to refine the user experience. Right now, we are focusing on alerts. Soon, we will add improved alert management, including bulk actions and better silencing options, plus a more useful alert landing page.

Feedback

Your product (or any) feedback is always welcome. Please reach out to us at support@scalyr.com.