Web Analysis Using Analog

Every web site needs a way to get accurate statitics—here's a freely available program to give you that information.
Automating with Scripts and cron

Using script files allows Analog to create several reports, one after the other. After the configuration files, the script files are the next step. I use one hourly script to create the Activity Report, and two daily script files: one for daily reports that are published on the Web, and the other to send the webmaster e-mail each morning. A monthly script file creates the text files that are mailed to customers each month. These scripts are shown in Listings 6-9.

Listing 6

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Listing 9

Web Index for Published Reports

When working with the web-published statistics reports, or when simply checking them periodically, it's much easier if you create an index web page for reports and bookmark it. While this may seem a common-sense thing to do, I remember my early days of experimenting with Analog and fumbling around directories to find the resulting reports. Every step toward making analyzing our logs easier means we have a little extra time to work on developing other web projects to add to the list and continue the cycle.

Gaelyne Gasson (gaelyne@videocam.net.au) is the Web Administrator for VideoCam Services/VCSWEB, and the author of “The Internet for Commodore C64/128 Users”. Her interests include Commodore computers and all aspects of web activity. She's a proud member of the LinuxSA (South Australia) user group.