Getting logs from pods via filebeat


(ethr bunny) #1

Im hoping to get logs from my k8 pods (which are writing to stdout/stderr) via filebeat. At this point all Im seeing are what's being written to /var/log/messages on the k8 host.

Ive started the daemonset sample from https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/beats/filebeat/current/running-on-kubernetes.html (with the a change to write to logstash and not elasticsearch). I added these lines in hopes of getting some annotations:

  templates:
    - config:
        - type: docker
          containers.ids:
            - "${data.kubernetes.container.id}"

I have a test container that writes a simple datetime string every second.

In any event - Im missing some steps here or not understanding what's supposed to be happening.

  • does this system require that filebeat is running on the k8 host?
  • should I be seeing annotations? is the above sufficient to add them?

(ethr bunny) #2

Answer: for whatever reason my system was setup to write to journald. As a result filebeat didn't have any logs to work with. I updated /etc/sysconfig/docker on the k8 hosts to write json logs and this fixed the problem.


(system) #3

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