[ILUG] Web Access Monitoring
paulj at itg.ie
Thu Feb 8 13:55:40 GMT 2001
On Thu, 8 Feb 2001, Roy White wrote:
> packages can they do it, i.e. how long someone spent ata website?
Go back and tell the PHB who told you "i want to know how long people
spend on the web" and tell them it is a technical impossibility.
HTTP works like:
client -> server: could you give me page "/pr0n/julie_andrews/index.html"?
server -> client: here ya go ......................................
<client displays it to user>
so user could spend a minute looking at it, or an hour. The server (or
proxy) will never know.
What you can look at is the /frequency/ of peoples web access. Eg,
setup squid, force everyone to go through it and run calamaris on the
logs. It will produce a web page with several categories, including:
"Incoming TCP-requests by host" and a list of clients sorted by the
number of web accesses. This list will roughly correspond to the
computers of your most web-abusing users.
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