Re: studio access log

Simran Singh Gleason (simran@inkstone.Eng.Sun.COM)
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 19:34:54 -0700

> From Sat Aug 23 14:39:33 1997
> Could you please explain to me hot to read and understand my personal daily
> artists studio access log?
> Is the 'total accesses' the number of people who visit my sight each day?
> Thanks,
> Owen Lee Barnett

Sites: 41
Files: 162
Total Acceses: 649

Total Accesses is the number of "hits" that your site received. THis means the
number of pages or images or sounds accessed. If you have a page with
7 images and two embedded sounds, then someone looking at that page will
generate 10 hits -- if they wait for all the images and sounds to load. If they
stop loading before the page is all the way loaded, then there won't be as
many hits.

If someone visits one of your pages more than once, most likely, you will only
see the hit for the first time. Subsequent times they will retrieve the page
from their browser cache.

If someone accesses your page through a caching server, you may not get a
hit at all, because the server will cache your page, and only retrieve it
from the first time or when the cache is outta date for that page.

The "Sites:" number is the number of unique hosts that accessed your pages.
The "Sites" list shows each site that accessed your pages, along with the
number of hits that came from that site.

The "Files:" number is the number of html pages, images, sounds, etc, that were
accessed from your pages. Note that the summary software uses the unix command
"grep" (simple string match) to determine which hits "belong" to your pages,
so there's a (small) possibility that you can receive hits that appear not
to belong to you; for example, if your username is "start," then you might
get hits for a page that has "startrek" somewhere in the URL. If so, just
tell Lile, and she can change the grep command to do more restricted filtering.

The "Files" list shows the files that were accessed from your pages, and the
number of hits for each.

"The Access Log" section shows you the actual web log entries ("hits") that
you received. It contains the times the pages were accessed, the order in
which you received them, and other more esoteric data, such as the browser
that the client used, the size of the file downloaded, etc. Check out httpd
documentation for all the gory details.

Finally, at the end of your report, there's a blank section that doesn't do
anything; in fact, nobody really even knows it's there!

Hope this helps a bit.