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Linux Journal: Linux's Tell-Tale Heart, Part 5

Aug 12, 2000, 18:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

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"For a peek at the kind of output you can expect from Webalizer, have a look at this sample from the official web site. In an instant, you can see how the access to your site has changed over recent months with charts displaying weekly and even hourly averages, based on pages, files and the number of hits. Even if you personally are not moved by Webalizer's output, your management will be. (They love that sort of thing. Trust me.) Best of all, Webalizer is free and distributed under the GNU Public License.

"You'll find a 2.x development version of the Webalizer code out there as well, but for the sake of this article, I'm going to deal with the current (stable) 1.3x release. Those of you who are dealing with multiple platforms will be happy to learn that the Webalizer works on a variety of systems including Solaris, BSD, MacOS and number of others. Binaries are available for some platforms, but if you don't see yourself listed there, fear not; building from source is easy."

"While I did not find Webalizer as quick as Analog (it processed my 800,000-line access_log file in 2 minutes and 55 seconds, compared to Analog's 1 minute and 39 seconds), it is still pretty fast. The data generated from Webalizer is cumulative. That means you can run Webalizer whenever it suits you, and it will just build on what it already has. If you want to do daily updates, you will certainly want to put this command in a crontab entry..."

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