[EP-tech] Re: Eprints Log Analysis

Lighton Phiri lighton.phiri at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 18:53:49 GMT 2012


Hello,

Thank you for this; will see if I can get what I want from the two
database tables.
Lighton Phiri
http://lightonphiri.org


On 11 December 2012 17:45, Tim Brody <tdb2 at ecs.soton.ac.uk> wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-12-06 at 12:18 +0200, Lighton Phiri wrote:
>> I am trying to make sense of an eprints instance apache log file and
>> was wondering if there is an easier way of identifying the following
>> items by analysing the 'request line' in the log files
>>
>> 1. item deposits
>> 2. item abstract or full metadata edits/access
>> 3. oai-pmh/sword interaction from external sources
>>
>> As an initial step, I've managed to figure out that to solve items 1&
>> 2, I would have to filter out entries resulting from authenticated
>> sessions (basically checking if field 4 in log entry is NOT hyphen).
>>
>> A sample entry from a log file from eprints instance I am analysing is below.
>>
>> ***** Sample Log Entry *****
>> [IP] [IP] - userid [29/Jan/2010:01:13:18 +0200] "GET
>> /perl/users/record HTTP/1.1" 200 5531
>> "http://pubs.cs.uct.ac.za/perl/users/home" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U;
>> Windows NT 6.1; en-GB; rv:1.9.1.7) Gecko/20091221 Firefox/3.5.7 (.NET
>> CLR 3.5.30729)"
>
> Hi,
>
> I don't think you can do this, because all of the requests will go
> through the users/home CGI and the log file doesn't store the POST
> parameters that would tell you what happened.
>
> The EPrints database itself may give you answers, if you look in the
> "history" table and/or the date fields in the 'archive' table - although
> without having a live 2.x version to look at I'm unsure what the schema
> is!
>
> --
> All the best,
> Tim
>
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