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From Matthew Webster <>
Subject [users@httpd] User tracking via logging
Date Tue, 10 Dec 2002 18:32:01 GMT

I'm trying to get individual user tracking using cookies (don't like 
the idea of url re-writing for this project) but I can't seem to 
identify an individual browser session, which is what cookies, I 
thought, are supposed to provide (mostly).

I have in my virtual host:

LoadModule usertrack_module modules/mod_usertrack.soServerName .
#CookieExpires "1 weeks"
#CookieName mycookie
CookieStyle Cookie2
CookieTracking on
CustomLog "C:/WebSite/clickstream.log" "%{cookie}n %r %t"

And was expecting to get a unique identifier with each browser session 
which I could use to track a n individual's movements through my site 
over a number of visits.  However, the typical output in my clickstream.
log is: GET /page1.shtml HTTP/1.1 [10/Dec/2002:
18:26:22 +0000] GET /page2.shtml HTTP/1.1 [10/Dec/2002:
18:26:22 +0000]

etc.etc.  This is not particularly helpful because I would like to be 
able to write a script or some such thing which will break the log down 
and allow me to see the path each user individually has taken through 
my site.

Could anyone tell me where I've gone wrong and what I might do to get 
the desired result please?      I'd like to write the script to inspect 
the output myself, as it will be in Java.



Matthew Webster - 07984 164 535

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