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Analog Analog is a very popular web server log file analysis program that can be installed directly on a Virtual Server. Analog will analyze your web server log files and then create HTML, text, or even email reports of your web site traffic. Our Web Development Team has made Analog freely available for easy installation on all Virtual Servers.

Installing and Configuring Analog
To install Analog, Telnet or SSH to your Virtual Server and do the following:

  1. Install analog:

      % vinstall analog

  2. Now that the Analog software is installed, you will need to configure it for your Virtual Server:

    Edit the following lines in the Analog configuration file so that they contain the correct information:

      LOGFILE /usr/local/etc/httpd/logs/access_log 
      OUTFILE /usr/local/etc/httpd/htdocs/analog-4.1/index.html

    The LOGFILE parameter designates the path and filename of the TransferLog file on your Virtual Server. The OUTFILE parameter designates the file that your Virtual Server's web server statistics will be written to. The HOSTNAME parameter indicates the domain name of your Virtual Server.

  3. Analog has already been compiled for your use. All that you need to do once the configuration file is ready is run the Analog program to create an HTML page with your Virtual Server's web statistics.

      % virtual /usr/local/analog-4.1/analog

    This will create a page with your Virtual Server's web statistics at the location and filename you specified in the analog.cfg configuration file. According to the configuration above the page with your statistics would be located at:


  4. To have an Analog report regularly emailed to you, add something like the following to your crontab (the text below should all be placed on a single line in your cron file):

      59 23 * * 7 /usr/local/bin/virtual /usr/local/analog-4.1/analog +O- +a | /usr/bin/mail -s "Weekly Stats" user@YOUR-DOMAIN.NAME

    This will cause your Virtual Server to send you an email each Sunday night at 11:59 pm containing your Analog analysis report in ASCII format. For more information concerning Analog command line arguments, see the documentation.

Local documentation will be installed on your Virtual Server when you install Analog. This documentation can be accessed in the following file:

You can also visit the Analog Web Site.

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