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patterns from logs and activities

hi,
i need help writing shell scripts to define patterns of user activities on our apache.
i thought about going through logfiles and other places where user activities are stored and use that data to define patterns of action. i want these patterns to be visualized then.
now my question...does anybody of you know how to define patterns, where to look for data and how to get that into a shell script...
im pretty new to this...
i hope somebody can help me
thanks
rckt
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Re: patterns from logs and activities

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Originally posted by rocketkids
hi,
i need help writing shell scripts to define patterns of user activities on our apache.
i thought about going through logfiles and other places where user activities are stored and use that data to define patterns of action. i want these patterns to be visualized then.
now my question...does anybody of you know how to define patterns, where to look for data and how to get that into a shell script...
im pretty new to this...
i hope somebody can help me
thanks
rckt
if by defineing patterns you mean finding out which webpages a user accesses and when, that should be loged in the access_log for your apache server.

i suppose you would have to do a couple of things.

1) find all entries for x user in the log.
2) group entries
3) define a format to display the results via webpage.

i think apache has built in reporting capabilities.


but if you mean pattern matching as in regular expresstions, thats not to difficult.
# 3  
Are you just looking for some kind of trend analysis tool? There are many canned opensource projects out there. One that I've used quite a bit is Webalizer. You can find it at http://www.mrunix.net/webalizer/

Cheers,

Keith
# 4  
sorry for the delay,
i already found what i was looking for... i was looking to visualize bahvioral patterns of users, its more an art project than useful it-stuff...
but anyway, i appreciate your help very much,
thank you very much!
rocket

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