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 -s "[your-site] search strings for `date`"
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.

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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?
unixmonkey7109 · 657 weeks and 1 day 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.
isma · 657 weeks and 1 day ago
can you show a sample of your /var/log/httpd/access_log.4 file?
unixmonkey7109 · 657 weeks ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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