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README for Apache Log Filter (logfilter)

INTRODUCTION

logfilter is a quick and easy way to search your Apache combined logs. logfilter can search specific fields for information you want. Like grep, logfilter will return matching records (lines in your log files) to standard output. You can use logfilter's output just like you would use any other UNIX style program.

INSTALLATION

logfilter is written in C. It can be built using regular make commands familiar to many UNIX programmers.

First, download the source file from http://github.com/openxtra/logfilter

Next, uncompress & untar the archive:

tar -xzf logfilter-0.3.tar.gz

You should now have a directory named after the tarball. Go into that directory and type 'make'. Then, as root, type 'make install'

Assuming everything went OK you should have a program called logfilter in your /usr/local/bin directory. Type 'logfilter' to see if it's in your path and working correctly.

USAGE

Each line in an Apache combined log represents a single interaction with a client machine. For each page requested by your browser will, in all probabilty, require several interactions with the web server.

The following fields are present in an Apache combined log:

+ client
+ identity
+ user ID
+ time
+ request method (like GET or POST)/ URI / protocol
+ status code
+ size
+ user agent

Each of the above fields can be searched on by logfilter. The request field has been split up into its constituents. More than one field can be matched at a time. To find all GET requests for /somepage.html that returned a 200 status code, this will work:

logfilter -f 'uri:/somepage.html method:GET status:200' some_log_file 

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