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It is time to unmask the programming community
as a Secret Society for the Creation
and Preservation of Artificial Complexity.
Edsger W. Dijkstra: The next forty years (EWD 1051)
There are features that should not be used.
there are concepts that should not be exploited.
There are problems that should not be solved.
There are programs that should not be written.
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"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...
Albert Einstein's essay, "The World As I See It"
Simple analysis of http server logs can be done using just Perl (or other scripting language) and pipes. Very useful reports can be generated this way. But the problem here is that Web server logs are now polluted and it is not easy to distinguish legitimate requests that failed with code 404 (page not found) and bogus request from the army of zombies accessing the website day and night. See Requests for non-existing web pages. That makes traditional log analyzers like AWstats much less useful.
The only information contained in 404 section of AWstats is fake sites generated using bogus HTTP requests.
So information below should be taken with the grain of salt because all field of HTTP request can be fake and that include browser and OSS
For more information about problems with HTTP logs analysis see:
Perl HTTP Logs Processing Scripts. There are multiple subpages including:
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