A log file is a lot like a neglected board game covered in dust. I don’t play board games that often, but when I do, I always say “we should do this more often”. The log files we have for Scout collect lots of great information, but we only reference them when investigating an incident. They often aren’t a part of our daily lives (but they should be).
Yaroslav Lazor of Railsware, an agile Ruby on Rails development firm, has created a Scout plugin that makes it easy to extract basic information from a log file on a regular basis. His Log Watcher plugin, brilliant in its simplicity, counts the number of occurrences of a given pattern in a file, reporting the data to Scout.