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From Maxim Vexler <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] What software do you use for Apache log statistics generation ?
Date Wed, 25 May 2005 12:55:27 GMT
On 5/25/05, <> wrote:
> Maxim-
>   Depends on what you want, how much there is, and how fast you want it.
> Oh.. Also depends on whether you want it to cost anything or not.

OK, fair enough.
The server has a hit count of ~50MB/day for the access log.
I do wish it to be a FreeSoftware/OpenSource solution - just makes me
fell better.

>   If you want demographics and what-not, which are reliable (not whois
> based), then go with something commercial since they generally maintain
> some sort of demographic database. If you just want basic stats, look into
> the opensource stuff.

Not much demographics in my case, most of the hits are just from on location.

>   You might also find, if your hitcount is relatively low, that
> outsourcing is the way to go. That involves an include which is generally
> javascript, which runs on the client when they hit your site.

Could you please explain what do you mean by outsourcing ?
Is it "live counter", so that the user's browser goes to "check in"
into some counter server that logs "a hit" ?  If that is the case I'd
rather not do this, I consider this an unneeded burden on the client.

>   I use Webtrends. I wrote something quite some time ago, but the hitcount
> was too high to maintain real-time stats. It also got to be something that
> I did not have time to maintain. With Webtrends (which I run on 2k3), I
> have some rsyncing which runs from all web servers (including a farm, and
> a few singles), to the logging box. The same code cleans old logs from the
> servers, and gzips older log files on the log server (webtrends will unzip
> and cache logs as it needs them). It costs some bucks, but I don't have to
> look or touch for months at a time. And it's realtime to the halfhour. I'm
> doing between 15-20M hits per day with it from various sources.
Looks nice, but commercial.
Thanks for mentioning it though.

>   If your hitcount is low, you may be able to just do it on your server.
> Perhaps setup a virtualhost to handle the interface as well (to the
> products you mentioned). It may be better that way if you're not talking
> gigs of logs.

This is the main issue, for a year I do expect at least a 5-6 gigs of logging.
This is why I ask for a "recommend" test case.

>   There are a million ways to handle this, none of which are really worse
> than another. You may never find anything that is perfect in your
> scenario. I think that's why perl exists though.
> P


> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:01 AM
> To:
> Subject: [users@httpd] What software do you use for Apache log statistics
> generation ?
> I'm swinging between Webalizer and AWStats.
> What would you recommend ?
> Also, how do you do log parsing? Do you run the parser on the server,
> or maybe you download the logs to another machine and do the parsing
> there ?
> Is the a test case for this or something ?
> I should mention that the web server itself is w2k3 running Apache 2.0.52.
> But (of curse) Linux boxes are available too (though not on the same
> subnet as the server).
> Tips / Comments are always welcome.
> Thank you.

Maxim Vexler (hq4ever).

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