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From "Mark F" <>
Subject Re: tracking downloads
Date Thu, 10 Jul 2003 18:38:37 GMT
Thanks, I will check into this.  Would this add a lot of overhead to the


Angus Mezick wrote:
| You mean, like use the items in the access log?  You could always
| create a valve that watches for certain paths and updates a DB/file
| entry or some such.
| --Angus
|| -----Original Message-----
|| From: Mark F []
|| Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 2:15 PM
|| To: Tomcat Users List
|| Subject: tracking downloads
|| We need to track every time a file is downloaded from our
|| server so that we may report on usage.  We are currently
|| migrating to a new Java/JSP (Documentum and WDK) based Web
|| application.  We wrote a perl script before under the old
|| system to parse the log files and construct a report but I'm
|| fairly certain there is a better way now that we are using
|| Tomcat and Java.  I thought about using a filter to increment
|| a counter every time a request matched a particular pattern
|| and I also thought about using the log file approach again
|| this time using a java logging package but I'm not really
|| sure what the best approach would be.  Especially since we
|| will not only need to record the download but query the
|| database (or in this case documentum) in order to check for a
|| specific attribute relevant to the report.
|| Any ideas on how best to accomplish this are appreciated.
|| -Mark
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