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Following logs of multiple Kubernetes Pods

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Following your logs is a crucial part of application and operation debugging. tail -f is every sysadmins best friend - easy, fast, and grepable!

While centralized logging solutions such as ELK/EFK, Splunk or Grafana Loki are almost common sense, they are some times overkill. Also, they are not accessible from the command line - which is usually the center of your debugging operations.

To stream logs of Kubernetes workloads we are already used to:

$ kubctl -n <namespace> logs -f <pod-id>

But what if you want to read log interactions of different workloads? What if you want to see the logs of all replicas of that same pod?

For this purpose Kubernetes allows log streaming based on label selectors:

$ kubectl -n namespace logs -l app=myapp

This will stream logs of all Pods with the label app=myapp to your console.

As already mentioned, this does not only affect pods of the same type but all pods sharing the same label. This might include Replicasets and Jobs as well!

Of course, greping and other magic is possible as well ❤.

Christoph Voigt
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