What is the best software to analyze logs of server

I have a vps i am saying what i want rest you suggest what is best for this and how to do that
case 1
i want live streaming of logs to my local machine so that no point that i miss or late to get any log
and log come in a software which is installed in my local machine who filter the log according to my need
case 2
i manage to download the log file and i want to filter log to get max possible info with the max filtering options
Prakash GuptaAsked:
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Sanga CollinsSystems AdminCommented:
I have always been a fan of Splunk. Very good indexing and search functions as well as a bunch of add ons that you can use to make customizations more to your needs.

You are giving us very little information to go on.  

What kind of logs?  From how many machines?  etc...

We use an application from NetIQ called Sentinel.  It is pricey, but since you are not telling us if this is for home use or enterprise, that is my suggestion.

Prakash GuptaAuthor Commented:
sorry for the little information
it is about httpd/ftpd apache error logs  also for enterprise
total sever is approximately 20
Try using Sawmill.. It's wonderful and ease.


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My recommendation for a useful solution for syslog  and data correlation solutions:
Splunk http://www.splunk.com/
Cisco CS-MARS http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6241/index.html
Sawmill:  http://www.sawmill.net
Paglo:  http://paglo.com
Q1 Labs (offers free VM version):  http://www.q1labs.com/qradar-slim-fe
Manage Engine with OpManager:  http://www.manageengine.com

Splunk http://www.splunk.com/ ( I use it in my env.)
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