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Monitor Web Access/Error Logs

Every access or error to any web resource hosted on Lab46 is carefully recorded in the web server's logs. Because Lab46 hosts information for many users, as well as its own web sites and wikis, a user interested in just their information would quickly be overwhelmed by the mass of information present in these files.

To compensate, a facility has been rigged up to allow per-user filtering of the web server logs. If you are in a web technology class or are working on a site in your Lab46 web space (~/public_html/), you may have an interest in seeing what is going on.

The log information is not instantaneous- it is updated every few minutes, and only for users who have initialized this functionality for their account.

To do so, read on…

Initialized User Web Access/Error Logs

If you are interested in viewing the logs for your web area on Lab46, you must follow these steps:

  1. If you have not yet done so, log into the Lab46 wiki.
  2. Point your web browser at: http://lab46.corning-cc.edu/logs/username (substitute your actual Lab46 username in place of “username” in that url. Be sure NOT to put a trailing slash on the URL).
  3. You should get the “This topic does not exist yet” filler message
  4. Click the “Create this page” link
  5. Enter something to make this page non-empty (a space, some random letters, whatever)
  6. Hit “Save”
  7. Wait about 5 minutes
  8. Try reloading the page

There you have it! Your web logs page will continue to be updated from this point out.

Ongoing access to your web access log page

Once you have initialized it, for any future reference you merely point your browser at

Note that this page is accessible ONLY to you and instructors (so they may assist in troubleshooting), so you will need to be logged into the Lab46 wiki to view this information.

The enabled status of this feature MAY be reset after each semester or academic year. At such a point, you'd merely have to reinitialize to continue usage.

Disabling access to your web access log page

If for whatever reason you no longer wish to have the system filter your logs in this fashion, you may disable this feature simply by editing the page, removing *ALL* text, and clicking “Save”.

This will remove it from the wiki, and will no longer be included in the log update.

documentation/logs.txt · Last modified: 2010/01/15 17:01 by wedge