Apache Today: Apache Guide: Logging, Part 4 -- Log-File AnalysisSep 18, 2000, 16:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rich Bowen)
"The problem is that although there is an enormous amount of information in the log files, it's not much good to the people that pay your salary. They want to know how many people visited your site, what they looked at, how long they stayed, and where they found out about your site. All of that information is (or might be) in your log files."
"They also want to know the names, addresses, and shoe sizes of those people, and, hopefully, their credit card numbers. That information is not in there, and you need to know how to explain to your employer that not only is it not in there, but the only way to get this information is to explicitly ask your visitors for this information, and be willing to be told "no."
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