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Understanding log files

Website can also have access to their log files, for processing through third party statistic reporting tools like Webtrends.

Logs are located on our webservers at

/usr/local/apache/logs/www.domain-access_log
/usr/local/apache/logs/www.domain-error_log

When you look at your log files they will have lines and lines of text similar to this:

192.168.1.1 - - [02/May/2003:13:54:10 -0600] "GET /images/hello.gif HTTP/1.1" 304 -

Here's the breakdown of the log entry

192.168.1.1

This is the IP address the request came from

[02/May/2003:13:54:10 -0600]

This is the date stamp for the request. It reads day/month/year/time/time from GMT

"GET /images/hello.gif HTTP/1.1"

This is the type of request (GET), what the request is asking for (/images/hello.gif), and the protocol it's using (HTTP v1.1)

304

This is the response the server returned some common response codes people will see are:

  • Code 200 - OK
  • Code 206 - Partial Content
  • Code 301 - Moved Permanently
  • Code 304 - Not Modified
  • Code 403 - Forbidden
  • Code 404 - Not Found

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