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Re: Common Log format

From: Paul Phillips <paulp@cerf.net>
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 1995 22:19:04 -0700 (PDT)
To: Brian Behlendorf <brian@wired.com>
Cc: Multiple recipients of list <www-talk@www10.w3.org>
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950412221403.29642B-100000@nic.cerf.net>

On Wed, 12 Apr 1995, Brian Behlendorf wrote:

> I was going to say this is something you could do with a Perl script, one 
> that parsed your config files so it knew accesses to /dirname/ = 
> /dirname/index.html, but that information isn't necessarily available at 
> log-analysis time if your site changes frequently.  


> The real question is - what do you do when the requested object and the
> object actually delivered differ?  This can be because of short cuts
> (DirectoryIndex in httpd, soft links in the file system, etc) or now content
> negotiation, where a request for /dirname/ could return /dirname/index,
> /dirname/index.html, /dirname/index.html3, or /dirname/index.cgi. 
> However, there are good debugging-related reasons for knowing the actual 
> request was.

I'm prepared to log both.  My server will provide multiple logging 
levels, and I will include perl scripts to turn any format into the 
common log format for statistics packages.  If it were one or the other, I 
think most people would prefer knowing what data was sent to what was 


This is a nice idea.  The trick is getting support from the statistics 
package writers and the server writers, because each would wait on the 
other, I'd imagine.

Received on Thursday, 13 April 1995 01:19:15 UTC

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