Changes between Version 8 and Version 9 of web_server_logs


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Aug 17, 2017, 11:09:44 AM (4 years ago)
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Jamie McClelland
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    1 = How can I get access to the logs for my web site? =
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    3 The May First/People Link web servers store logs that show who accessed each web site and when.  You can see the logs for any web site from your organization by looking in the filesystem on your primary server.  For example, if the member organization named `foo` has a web site named `example.org`, the logs for that web site can be found at:
     3= How does web site logging work at May First/People Link? =
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     5== Overview ==
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     7Web servers have the ability to keep track of your computer's IP address, the particular web page you are visiting, the date and time you visisted, and other pieces of information about you, like what kind of computer and what kind of web browser you are using.
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     9For many of us, this information is critically useful. We use it to find out what is the most popular page on our web site, how many people are visiting our site and how long are they staying. We can keep track of whether our audience is increasing or decreasing. This information helps us make better web sites and has a minimal impact on the privacy of the people viewing our web sites.
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     11However, during government investigations (such as the Trump administration's [https://mayfirst.org/en/2017/content-statement-justice-department-demands-dreamhost/ investigation into the counter-inaugural protests]), this information can be subpoenaed and used against us. While most of us have a hard time converting an IP address to a particular individual, the government can use their legal powers to do exactly that by forcing our Internet Service Providers (e.g. Verizon and Comcast) to tell them which customer was using a given IP at a given date and time.
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     13== May First/People Link web server logging ==
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     15At May First/People Link you have the option to enable or disable logging.
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     17If it is enabled, you can see the logs for any web site from your organization by looking in the filesystem on your primary server.  For example, if the member organization named `foo` has a web site named `example.org`, the logs for that web site can be found at:
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    519/home/members/foo/sites/example.org/logs/
     
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    2438Alternatively, you may want to [wiki:faq/server/turn-off-web-logging turn off all logging].
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    26 == Other possibilities ==
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    28 Note that as of 2008, there was [https://support.mayfirst.org/ticket/302 some discussion about alternate ways to set up logs].  If you're interested in seeing changes in the way web server logging works at MF/PL, please comment on #302, or [/newticket open a new ticket with your suggestions].  Your feedback is always welcome!