Re: [webalizer] Webalizer patch
> Though, some of the information reported is already bogus:If you consider proxy interaction, then ALL information is bogus, which
> - Top URLS is completely bogus because of the http proxys.
is completly incorrect. The Webalizer was designed to measure traffic
on a web server. Proxy traffic that the web server never sees plays no
part in this measurement. There are some things that can be determined
100% in relation to the traffic a server receives. The objects being
requested is one of them (ie: URLs). Other absolute metrics that can
be determined are IP addresses making the requests, time and date of
the request, the web servers response to the request, and the web servers
reported amount of bytes sent in response to the request.
> - Visits use a trick which ends the visit after 30 minutes of inactivity.These are the exceptions, and is plainly stated in the documentation that
> - This trick makes Top exit pages bogus too.
these numbers are not accurate;
For visits, from the README file;
"Due to the limitation of the HTTP protocol, log rotations and other
factors, this number should not be taken as absolutely accurate, rather,
it should be considered a pretty close "guess".
And for Entry/Exit pages;
" The Top Entry and Exit tables give a rough estimate of what URL's
are used to enter your site, and what the last pages viewed are.
Because of limitations in the HTTP protocol, log rotations, etc...
this number should be considered a good "rough guess" of the actual
numbers, however will give a good indication of the overall trend in
where users come into, and exit, your site."
This metric was added because I was flooded with requests for it.. after
a couple of thousand requests, I broke down and added the functionality,
even though I did not want to given it's inaccurate nature.
> - key words are by default bogus because we can't say which are theWrong again.. while you may not be able to capture all of the search terms
> most used
> if we don't already know which engines our users are using
> (especially if you consider
> Webalizer's engines list is *really* out of date & US specific)
for the thousands of various search engines out there, the ones that are
captured can be considered completely accurate. If you see a search term
show up as the most used, then it is in fact the most used search term of
all the search engines you may have defined.
Bradford L. Barrett brad@...
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