I’m looking into ways of displaying logs in realtime on inexpensive tablets, in a control center fashion. Tablets can be very low power and it’s nice for debugging purposes to have a permanent display.
frontail appears to be a good option, and I’ve managed to set up some other ports (9002, 9003) with different color schemes and showing different logs.
So far, so good.
Then, I ran into a lot of problems with actually setting up the view on android devices.
Some browsers (chrome) displays the log but don’t scroll.
Firefox works and scrolls but won’t go fullscreen, and the fullscreen addons don’t work with current versions.
Kiosk mode apps (at least the one I tried) uses the built in android browser, which doesn’t display the log data at all, just the header.
Seriously, can’t anything be easy?
Thinking further, perhaps multitail is a more efficient option. If we’re just displaying text, why should the CPU be burning power doing all that smooth scrolling? A console app should be much lower power. Maybe there’s a way to set up multitail to present color-coded data on a TCP port which one could connect to using some terminal app on an android device?
Does anyone have any ideas for how achieve the result I’m looking for – nice logging data on a dedicated tablet on the wall which just does its thing, and without heavily loading the CPU?
One crucial bit is that it should be maintenance-free. It should re-connect on its own if the connection ever goes down.