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This site (and our others,,, are hosted at MyDomain.

I was looking around for programs to analysis the access logs for these web sites I found the free program named Analog.  After a lot of wasted time I finally figured out how to get it to run on the logs for my sites.

The problem was correctly describing the format of the log files to the program. Analog uses a "command" in the configuration file (.cfg) to describe the format of the log file. That command is LOGFORMAT.

While it says to try running the program without using a LOGFORMAT command - that most people don't need to specify one - that was not the case with my  log files.

I'm not going to try and document Analog or explain how you figure out the correct LOGFORMAT command for your logs. I'm just going to show you a line from one of my logs and the LOGFORMAT I finally got to work.

Here is a line from one of my access logs: - - [22/Jun/2011:17:44:38 -0700] "GET /original/guestbook.html HTTP/1.0" 200 217783 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)"

Here is the LOGFORMAT command that worked for me:

LOGFORMAT (%s - - [%d/%M/%Y:%h:%n:%t -%j] "%r" %c %b "%j" "%S" %v)

Look in the documentation for Analog for an explanation of the coding, in the section about the configuration file.

As I said, my intent is not to teach you how to use Analog - you are on your own, the documentation is sometimes useful and sometimes a bit convoluted and often uses terms with which you may or may not be familiar.

If you use to host your site on an Apache server, the LOGFORMAT above should do the job for you.

Please, don't email me unless it is to simply pass on a LOGFORMAT that works for some other format of log and I"ll try to put your LOGFORMAT command here to help others.

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