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From "Chirouze Olivier" <olivier.chiro...@volvo.com>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Tools for better viewing Apache access logs?
Date Fri, 04 May 2007 13:02:12 GMT
Hi Mark,

I suggest you have a look at Splunk (http://www.splunk.com/products/218)
which will definitively do things you don't need, but probably do what
you need, too ;-)
I ended up creating an Excel macro to just play with logs, too. I can
even provide it to you if you want!

Olivier

Olivier CHIROUZE
I&0 Infrastructure
Volvo Information Technology
 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark A. Craig [mailto:mark.a.craig@gmail.com] 
> Sent: 04 May 2007 08:58
> To: users@httpd.apache.org
> Subject: Re: [users@httpd] Tools for better viewing Apache 
> access logs?
> 
> Yep, I've wound up finding and downloading nearly a dozen alleged log 
> analyzers, but most of them seem to do things I don't want while not 
> doing what I do want, which is a simple columnar display of the logs, 
> perhaps with a few filtering or sorting choices.  I actually screwed 
> around with importing the log into Excel, which got me closer 
> to what I 
> want (at the moment) than any of those analyzers I've 
> installed so far.  
> One of them even made things MORE confused, because it functioned 
> through the browser by hitting the server and adding dozens of new 
> irrelevant hits to the Apache log.  What's that old science 
> cliche about 
> the act of observation altering the subject?  >:-(
> 
> Mark
> 
> Joshua Slive wrote:
> > On 5/3/07, Mark A. Craig <mark.a.craig@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Thanks again to those who helped me get past my BSOD 
> problem and finally
> >> put Apache to use.  Now that I'm using it, I'm wondering 
> if there's some
> >> tool that exists to enhance and restructure the display of 
> information
> >> in Apache's access log?  I'd like to view the log with a 
> hostname and
> >> more column-structured, in particular.  The previous 
> server I was using
> >> included hostnames and displayed everything in 
> well-ordered columns, and
> >> I found those to be a very helpful features.  Is there a 
> viewing utility
> >> for Apache that can display the log in (configurable) columns and
> >> resolve the IP addresses to hostnames and display those as well?
> >>
> >> That hostname feature was how I immediately knew when the U.S.
> >> government had been snooping on my blog:
> >> 150.148.0.27/wallwhale-pub.fda.gov.  ;-)
> >
> > If you want to see what is happening on your server at a particular
> > moment, check mod_status and the server-status handler.
> >
> > If you want to see hostnames, you'll need to turn 
> HostnameLookups On,
> > but that will have performance effects.
> >
> > If what you want is just to better analyze requests to your 
> server in
> > general, you should use a log analysis tool. Try googling 
> for "Apache
> > log analysis" and similar...
> >
> > Joshua.
> >
> > 
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