File output gzip configuration


I am trying to use the gzip option with the file output, however, I wanted to know how would I go about looking into the contents of the generated gzip file?

file {
            path => "/throttled/output.txt"
            gzip => true

When I run it with this configuration setting, I get an output.txt file in the path specified, however when I open the file, I see jumbled up contents. Is there anything that needs to be fixed in my config?

Not sure exactly what you mean here. Enabling the gzip option will compress the data and it will look like garbage if opened in e.g. a regular text editor. You have to uncompress the file with gunzip to view it, or use a program like zless which uncompresses and shows the file on the fly so you don't have to store the uncompressed file on disk.

gzcat too if you are feeling adventurous :wink: