Exec
The exec input plugin, allows to execute external program and collects event logs.

Container support

This plugin will not function in the distroless production images (AMD64 currently) as it needs a functional /bin/sh which is not present. It will function in the 1.8.12 and later -debug images though as well as the ARM production images as these include a full shell.

Configuration Parameters

The plugin supports the following configuration parameters:
Key
Description
Command
The command to execute.
Parser
Specify the name of a parser to interpret the entry as a structured message.
Interval_Sec
Polling interval (seconds).
Interval_NSec
Polling interval (nanosecond).
Buf_Size
Size of the buffer (check unit sizes for allowed values)
Oneshot
Only run once at startup. This allows collection of data precedent to fluent-bit's startup (bool, default: false)

Getting Started

You can run the plugin from the command line or through the configuration file:

Command Line

The following example will read events from the output of ls.
$ fluent-bit -i exec -p 'command=ls /var/log' -o stdout
Fluent Bit v1.x.x
* Copyright (C) 2019-2020 The Fluent Bit Authors
* Copyright (C) 2015-2018 Treasure Data
* Fluent Bit is a CNCF sub-project under the umbrella of Fluentd
* https://fluentbit.io
[2018/03/21 17:46:49] [ info] [engine] started
[0] exec.0: [1521622010.013470159, {"exec"=>"ConsoleKit"}]
[1] exec.0: [1521622010.013490313, {"exec"=>"Xorg.0.log"}]
[2] exec.0: [1521622010.013492079, {"exec"=>"Xorg.0.log.old"}]
[3] exec.0: [1521622010.013493443, {"exec"=>"anaconda.ifcfg.log"}]
[4] exec.0: [1521622010.013494707, {"exec"=>"anaconda.log"}]
[5] exec.0: [1521622010.013496016, {"exec"=>"anaconda.program.log"}]
[6] exec.0: [1521622010.013497225, {"exec"=>"anaconda.storage.log"}]

Configuration File

In your main configuration file append the following Input & Output sections:
[INPUT]
Name exec
Tag exec_ls
Command ls /var/log
Interval_Sec 1
Interval_NSec 0
Buf_Size 8mb
Oneshot false
[OUTPUT]
Name stdout
Match *
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Outline
Container support
Configuration Parameters
Getting Started
Command Line
Configuration File