On Thu, 11 Apr 1996, Magnus Mengelbier wrote:
> 1. The question really comes down to the time resolution you need. In an
> analysis, I can not see the need for time down to the second. Since a
> log is sequential, I think that time down to the minute is enough. A
> users rewquest within 59 seconds usually means they know more or less
> what they want and any more precise time is ancillary.
Disagree, for numerous reasons. At sites where accesses are measured in
hundreds or thousands per minute, logging the seconds becomes a lot more
important. Also, a "session" can easily last less than a minute. Rounding
session lengths up to even minutes would be worthless for short sessions.
> 2. If not all servers are running exactly the same time it can be
> misleading to log seconds if we start to combine logs from different servers.
> Also, what time is logged? The beginning or the termination of the
> request? It might be wise to have both times.
That shouldn't be a problem in this day and age when even desktop PCs can
synch up to SNTP servers. Sys Admins should be synching their servers as
a matter of course.
Agreed on logging both begin and end of request.
James Calloway, General Manager http://www.nando.net
Nando.net, a McClatchy New Media company
127 W. Hargett St., Suite 406, Raleigh, NC 27601-1351
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- Re: Time
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