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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 21500] - access logs are not 100% sorted by time
Date Mon, 17 Nov 2003 05:52:49 GMT
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------- Additional Comments From jve@3dgamers.com  2003-11-17 05:52 -------
This bug is essentially the same as bug 10062.  In a reply to that bug, the 
explanation was that the timestamp from when the request processing was 
*begun* is being used instead of the timestamp when it ended.  THAT is the 
root of the problem.

If the access log is using the beginning timestamp instead of the ending 
timestamp, this behavior is different from that of Apache 1.3 and is contrary 
to what Apache's own documentation states for both 1.3 and 2.0 regarding the 
timestamp in the access log:

http://httpd.apache.org/docs-2.0/logs.html#accesslog

It is important that the *ending* timestamp be used to keep logs in reasonably 
chronological order.  It makes a huge difference when the request being served 
is for a file that is hundreds of megabytes and takes 7+ hours to serve over a 
slow link.

It is also important to be able to match an error log message with the request 
that caused it.  If the timestamps are very different, it makes it much more 
difficult to match request with error.

So, using the beginning timestamp for the access log is definitely a bug, IMO.

If you *absolutely insist* on changing this functionality, then please provide 
an option for backwards compatibility.

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