Combined Log System

This system was designed to enable the automatic handling of log files generated by infosystems daemons (ftp, gopher, CERN / NCSA http, archie, ...) for Internet archives. It does this by providing a combined format for the transfers, and converting each of the raw log files into this combined format. The results are then stored by date/time, summarized and compressed.

Currently the archive has been used at HENSA Unix ( to summarize the accesses from October 1991 to the present, March 1995. Instant access to the totals are available, split by access methods and summaries of users, sites and areas are also possible, although not saved by default.

The system is complex but should be easy to use once the configuration file [config] is set up and a few directories made. See the INSTALL document for full details. It is not really intended for users, but for administrators, although it requires no special privileges.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either:

  1. The GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version, or
  2. The "Artistic License" which comes with this Kit.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See either the GNU General Public License or the Artistic License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the Artistic License with this Kit, in the file named "Artistic". If not, I'll be glad to provide one.

You should also have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

BEWARE: this release *WILL NOT* work with PERL 5.001 due to a serious bug in returning arrays from subs. Use perl4 or perl5.000 and you should have no problems.

Dave Beckett, 9th May 1995

V1.06 distribution (compressed tar file)
V1.06 distribution (gzipped tar file)
Example output reports generated by system.
User contributed software for the tools.
Paper given at WWW95 at Darmstadt, Germany.

Dave Beckett