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From Bill Moran <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Logging many, many virtualhosts to a centralized logging server
Date Sat, 11 Sep 2004 20:20:02 GMT
Hongwei Zhang <> wrote:
> I have all my logs write to an NFS share and run webalizer on that
> server. Hope this will help.

The biggest problem with this is what happens if the NFS server is
unavailable for a period of time.  In our experience, Apache freezes up
until the NFS server comes back.  The current system (which uses syslog)
has this advantage ... even though log entries are lost, Apache keeps
serving.  We could workaround this (somewhat) by using soft, interruptable
mounts, I suppose.
> On Sat, 11 Sep 2004 14:34:55 -0400, Bill Moran <> wrote:
> > 
> > I tried some searches on this topic, and simply wasn't able to get any
> > relevent hits.  So suggestions on searching are welcome as well as
> > direct suggestions.
> > 
> > We have 4 web servers, each of which has 20-40 virtual hosts on it, and
> > we want to log them all to a central location so a dedicated server can
> > generate stats (plus, the log files are taking up quite a bit of space).
> > 
> > In order to get stats, we need each virtualhost to log to its own
> > location.  Thus, syslog isn't handling things too well, as there are
> > too many different destinations to easily handle.  The fellow who
> > managed this before me designed a custom logging solution, but it's
> > been giving us trouble and I'm looking to see if I can come up with
> > something better.
> > 
> > I can't believe I'm the only one with this scenerio.  What are other
> > people doing to make it happen?

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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