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Checks apache's access_log file, strips the search queries and shoves them up your e-mail

Terminal - Checks apache's access_log file, strips the search queries and shoves them up your e-mail
cat /var/log/httpd/access_log | grep q= | awk '{print $11}' | awk -F 'q=' '{print $2}' | sed 's/+/ /g;s/%22/"/g;s/q=//' | cut -d "&" -f 1 | mail youremail@isp.com -s "[your-site] search strings for `date`"
2009-11-22 03:03:06
User: isma
Functions: awk cat grep sed strings
Checks apache's access_log file, strips the search queries and shoves them up your e-mail

It's not a big line, and it *may not* work for everybody, I guess it depends on the detail of access_log configuration in your httpd.conf. I use it as a prerotate command for logrotate in httpd section so it executes before access_log rotation, everyday at midnight.


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
awk '/q=/{print $11}' /var/log/httpd/access_log.4 | awk -F 'q=' '{print $2}' | sed 's/+/ /g;s/%22/"/g;s/q=//' | cut -d "&" -f 1
2009-11-22 17:13:48
User: isma
Functions: awk sed

as unixmonkey7109 pointed out, first awk parse replaces three steps.

Know a better way?

If you can do better, submit your command here.

What others think

useless use of cat, grep.

first 3 commands can be :

awk '/q=/{print $11}' /var/log/httpd/access_log.

I don't know how your log file looks like, but do you believe me if i say all the tools you use , grep, sed, cut etc can be done with just awk?

Comment by unixmonkey7109 306 weeks and 5 days ago

Of course I believe you. I just didn't know better, thanks for your input. I didn't say it was perfect, or efficient, I just thought it could be useful to someone. I'll publish an alternative.

Comment by isma 306 weeks and 4 days ago

can you show a sample of your /var/log/httpd/access_log.4 file?

Comment by unixmonkey7109 306 weeks and 4 days ago

Your point of view

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