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

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

By: isma
2009-11-22 17:13:48

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It is possible to use one instance awk to pull the search strings and a little bit of python to unescape them so that it catches more than just %22. awk '/q=/{FS="q=";split($2,a,"&");b=a[1];gsub(/".*$|\+/," ",b);if(b!="-")print b}' /var/log/httpd/access_log|python -c 'import sys,urllib2;print urllib2.unquote('
eightmillion · 657 weeks and 1 day ago
in that case, why don't do everything in Python..?
unixmonkey7109 · 657 weeks and 1 day ago
Because it's longer and uglier and more error prone: python -c 'import urllib,re;print "\n".join(map(lambda x:urllib.unquote(re.findall(r"q=.*?[&\"]",x.split()[10])[0][2:-1].replace("+"," ")),filter(lambda x:"q=" in x,open("/var/log/httpd/access_log").readlines())))'
eightmillion · 657 weeks and 1 day ago
no its not. Do it with a Python script, not as one liner like that. Otherwise, use (g)awk but no need to create extra pipes to cut+grep+sed.
unixmonkey7109 · 657 weeks and 1 day ago
here's a sample matching line from access_log - - [23/Nov/2009:10:00:22 -0200] "GET /2009/10/14/ceibal-reflexiones/ HTTP/1.1" 200 30418 " the output is ceibal reflexiones
isma · 657 weeks and 1 day ago
oh.. url filter .. lol
isma · 657 weeks and 1 day ago
@isma, ok, but i don't see any "q=" in that sample. please show an actual sample where there is "q=" in the line.
unixmonkey7109 · 657 weeks and 1 day ago
@unixmonkey7109 uh... sorry, I think my comments were unclear. The first one was filtered by commandlinefu, so it didn't show up completely. The sample line (which contains a q= as you will see) is in . I'm sorry this is turning so confusing. It's actually a good idea for monitoring your SEO tasks, and thanks to you, the command was nicely reduced (and, believe me, I learned a lot in that process). So thanks again and maybe you can use it on your own access_log. PLEASE NOTICE (as I just realized): your httpd.conf should have the next line: CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/access_log" combined like that, suffixed by the word "combined" instead of "common" so it would bring the referer.
isma · 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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