Configure Web logs in Apache

Tuesday, 24 February 2004, 8:18 PM EST

One of the many pieces of the Website puzzle is Web logs. Traffic analysis is central to most Websites, and the key to getting the most out of your traffic analysis revolves around how you configure your Web logs. Apache is one of the most -- if not the most -- powerful open source solutions for Website operations. You will find that Apache's Web logging features are flexible for the single Website or for managing numerous domains requiring Web log analysis.

For the single site, Apache is pretty much configured for logging in the default install. The initial httpd.conf file (found in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf in most cases) should have a section on logs that looks similar to this (Apache 2.0.x), with descriptive comments for each item. Your default logs folder will be found in /etc/httpd/logs. This location can be changed when dealing with multiple Websites, as we'll see later. For now, let's review this section of log configuration.

By Blane Warrene at sitepoint.

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