Operating W3Olista from the Query Form
Before you can enjoy browsing your statistics, you must enter search
and display criteria into this form and submit it.
Entering Data into the Query Form
The query form features a rich choice of parameters for report generation.
The first four input fields limit the report to certain items:
All values are used as substrings, thus an input value of
- Include hosts
- Only requests from this host (any host
if this field is empty) are used.
- Exclude hosts
- Requests from this host (no host if empty)
- Include files
- Only requests of these files or directories
(or any file if empty) are used.
- Exclude files
- Requests of these files or directories
(or no file if empty) are ignored.
into one of the host fields would apply to both the top-level .com
domain and any host name that accidentally has the string com somewhere
in his name. To prevent this, you can always enter
.com into the
field. You can enter multiple items into each field by separating them with
a semicolon. Multiple values in a field are combined by logical or,
then the four inputs are combined by logical and.
Example: I enter
rbi.informatik. (our local domain) into the
Exclude hosts field and
/~fp into the Include
files field. This selects all accesses to my own pages which do not come
from our local domain (usually, I'm the only one inside our domain reading my
pages, and I don't want to show up in the report myself).
The next item to select is the time span which to report. You can choose
among the following:
- From midnight to now.
- This Week
- From sunday to today.
- Last Week
- The last week from sunday to saturday.
- This Month
- From the first of this month to today.
- Last Month
- The full last calendar month.
- Last 24 Hours
- From yesterday at this time to now.
- Last 7 Days
- From seven days ago to yesterday. Today is
- Everything we have logfiles about.
- These Dates
- This selection enables the two following input
fields, where you can now manually enter a time span to report.
You can enter:
In all cases, the first date must be less than the second date. If
you leave the second field empty, only the single day entered into
the first field is reported.
- Absolute Dates
The following formats are accepted:
MMM DD YY. The year can be given either as
two-digit number or as four digits, and can even be completely
omitted; in that case, the current year is assumed. In the
last format, the Month must be input as the english
- Relative Dates
If you enter a negative integer number, this number of days
is substracted from the current date. For example, you could
enter '-7' into the first field and '-1' into the second. This
input would equal the 'Last 7 Days' selection.
These are three lines where you can select what shall be reported. The first
line controls the host listing display, the second line the file/directory
tree and the third line the date listing. For each of these, you can select
if the full listing, only a summary, or nothing should be printed. If you
select the full listing, you can also set the detail level. The detail
level has the following meaning:
There is one more similar listing type, the Entry Listing. This one
lists the individual entris from the logfile. This setting is exclusive,
meaning that you can either print the Entry Listing or the other listings.
If you select to print an entry listing, no other listing is printed.
- Host Listing
- A detail level of 1 only lists top-level domains,
.edu. With Detail=2, you will also get the domains
below the top level. Each higher level adds more detail. If you select
'All', everything down to the host is printed.
- File Listing
- A detail level of 1 only lists files and directories
directly in the root directory. Each higher level adds one more level
to the directory tree depth.
- Date Listing
- You can choose to report years, months, days or
hours. The 'hour' setting is identical to the 'All' setting.
You must at least set a single listing selection to something different
from 'No', otherwise you won't get anything.
The output can be sorted alphabetically (this means 'chronologically' for
date listings), by the number of requests, or by the total number of
kilobytes transferred (from a directory, to a host, or on a date,
After filling in all the data and selecting all the items you want, you
can submit the form by clicking the 'Run Report' button. After submitting,
you should be patient, since creating a report takes its time, especially
on a large amount of logs.
If everything went okay, and the program is set up correctly, you should
get a browseable report, consisting of a number of sections. The first
section tells you what this report is all about.
The search parameters
First to appear are the search parameters. You will see a lot of highlighted
items there, these are all switches, with which you can switch items on or
off, wherever appropriate.
Every item in the listings is clickable and zooms into this particular
item. The power of W3Olista is recursive. You can apply any kind of
zooming to the result of a previous zoom-in. The only way to
experience this power is by browsing through the results on your own.
The 'Add'-Form at the bottom
At the bottom of the report, you will find one more form in which you can
enter more query parameters (new hosts to exclude, for example); and there's
also a button to apply the current report on another date.
I'm sorry if the above text didn't explain everything, but a correct
explanation of what happens when you click anywhere would require many
more pages. I can only suggest to play around and click on anything to
get to know what's possible. You will be surprised by the level of insight
you can get into the operations of your server.
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Last modified: Wed Apr 12 11:17:07 1995