AWStats Installation, Configuration on Linux server

AWStats Installation, Configuration on Linux server

This setup is for an Apache or compatible web server on Linux.

Download & extract the AWStats package. Run the awstats_configure.pl script to do several setup actions. The awstats_configure.pl is located in AWStats tools directory.

perl awstats_configure.pl

When the awstats_configure.pl runs, the script asks following info:
A) awstats_configure.pl tries to determine the current log format from the Apache web server configuration file httpd.conf (it asks for the path if not found). If you use a common log, awstats_configure.pl will suggest changing it to the NCSA combined/XLF/ELF format (you can use your own custom log format but this predefined log format is often the best choice and makes setup easier).
If you answer yes, awstats_configure.pl will modify your httpd.conf, changing the following directive:
from
CustomLog /logpath/logfile common

to
CustomLog /logpath/logfile combined

B) awstats_configure.pl will then add, if not already present, the following directives to your Apache configuration file (note that the “/usr/local/awstats/wwwroot” path might differ according to your distribution or OS:

#
# Directives to add to your Apache conf file to allow use of AWStats as a CGI.
# Note that path “/usr/local/awstats/” must reflect your AWStats Installation path.
#
Alias /awstatsclasses “/usr/local/awstats/wwwroot/classes/”
Alias /awstatscss “/usr/local/awstats/wwwroot/css/”
Alias /awstatsicons “/usr/local/awstats/wwwroot/icon/”
ScriptAlias /awstats/ “/usr/local/awstats/wwwroot/cgi-bin/”
#
# This is to permit URL access to scripts/files in AWStats directory.
#

Options None
AllowOverride None
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

C) if changes were made as indicated in parts A and B, awstats_configure.pl restarts Apache to apply the changes. To be sure the log format change is effective, go to your homepage. This is an example of the type of records you should see inserted in your new log file after Apache was restarted:

62.161.78.75 – – [dd/mmm/yyyy:hh:mm:ss +0000] “GET / HTTP/1.1” 200 1234 “http://www.from.com/from.html” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT 5.0)”

D) awstats_configure.pl will ask you for a name for the configuration profile file. Enter an appropriate name such as that of your web server or the virtual domain to be analyzed, i.e. mysite.

awstats_configure.pl will create a new file called awstats.mysite.conf by copying the template file awstats.model.conf. The new file location is:
– For Linux/BSD/Unix users: /etc/awstats.

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