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Apache Guide: Logging, Part 4 -- Log-File Analysis Page 3
The example report, which you can see on the Analog web site, seemed very thorough, and to contain all of the stats that I might want. In addition to the pages and pages of detailed statistics, there was a very useful executive summary, which will probably be the only part that your boss will really care about.
WebTrends has, in my opinion, two counts against it.
The first is that it is really expensive. You can look up the actual price on their web site. (http://www.webtrends.com/default.htm)
The other is that it is painfully slow. A 50MB log file from one site for which I am responsible (one month's traffic) took about 3 hours to grind through to generate the report. Admittedly, it's doing a heck of a lot of stuff. But, for the sake of comparison, the same log file took about 10 minutes using WWWStat. Some of this is just the difference between Perl's ability to grind through text files and C's ability. But 3 hours seemed a little excessive.
It is very easy to automate WWWStat so that it generates your log statistics every night at midnight, and then generates monthly reports at the end of each month.
It may not be as full-featured as WebTrends, but it has given me all the stats that I've ever needed.
You can get Wusage at http://www.boutell.com/wusage/
If you want to do your own log parsing and reporting, the best tool for the task is going to be Perl. In fact, Perl's name (Practical Extraction and Report Language) is a tribute to its ability to extract useful information from logs and generate reports. (In reality, the name ''Perl'' came before the expansion of it, but I suppose that does not detract from my point.)
Apache::ParseLog module, available from your favorite CPAN mirror, makes parsing log files simple, and so takes all the work out of generating useful reports from those logs.
For detailed information about how to use this module, install it and read the documentation. Once you have installed the module, you can get at the documentation by typing