The server log file keeps track of all client connections to your site. The log file is useful in monitoring your site's usage patterns. It lets you determine what documents are being requested the most, what the busiest times of day for your site are, where clients are connecting from, and other information. The log file format is not very human-readable, but several freeware and shareware utilities exist to help you analyze your log file's contents. The server log file format is comaptible with MacHTTP/WebSTAR®log files.

The Configure Log File Dialog

Quid Pro Quo allows you to control what statistics are logged. A checked box indicated that a statistic will be logged. These statistics are:

Date

The date of the client request

Time

The time of the client request

From

The From: field of the client request. This field is either blank, or contains the email address of the user.

URL

The requested URL.

Hostname

The address of the client. If the "Use DNS" checkbox is selected in the TCP Settings panel, this will contain the domain name of the client (if the lookup was successful). Otherwise, this is the client's IP address.

User

If the client supplied a username for authentication, this is the name provided. Otherwise this is blank.

Result

Contains OK if the request was successfully filled, or ERR!

Method

The HTTP method of the client request. Most often this is GET, but may be POST on some CGI requests.

Path Arguments

The path arguments sent to a CGI.

Search Arguments

The search arguments sent to a CGI.

Bytes Sent

The total number of bytes of data sent to the client (not including headers)

Referrer

The URL of the document that contained the link that the user followed to arrive at the requested document. If the client accessed the current document directly, this is blank.

Transfer Time

The time (in ticks, or sixtieths of a second) spent fulfilling the request.

Agent

The name of the client's browser software, such as "Mozilla" for Netscape Navigator.


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