39.14 Web Log Summaries

A very nice web log analyser and summary generator is awstats. Install the package:

  # wajig install awstats

This will give you a statistics summary page at http://localhost/cgi-bin/awstats.pl. You will need to enable icons by adding the following line into a new file /etc/apache2/conf.d/awstats:

Alias /awstats-icon/ /usr/share/awstats/icon/

And then restart the web server:

$ wajig restart apache2

Should now be getting a nicer looking page.

Also you may like to include browser and host OS information in the summary by using the apache combined log format:


Be sure the apache generates this information (the default is not to). Your /etc/apache/httpd.conf should contain:

  CustomLog /var/log/apache/access.log combined

To allow the analyser to run through the apache log files (/var/log/apache/access) it needs permission to be able to read them. The simplest approach is to:

  # chmod o+r /var/log/apache/access*

The summary log file can now be generated with:

  # /usr/lib/cgi-bin/awstats.pl -config=awstats -update

(This is what cron also runs every 10 minutes, by default.)

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