Accessing Server Logs

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I'm a novice with web servers. My current host provides statistics using Webalizer, but they aren't as useful as I'd like them to be. For instance, I can see the top 30 files by hits, but sometimes I need to see how many times other files that don't make it to the top 30 have been hit.

I downloaded Azure Web Log for my desktop, and it works great. The problem is that I have to download my web server log each time to use it. The log file is HUGE, so I'd rather have something that reads the file on the server. Is it complicated to install something on my server that would do this for me? Would I need my ISPs permission? Sorry for the dumb questions, but I do PHP/MySQL development and have no idea about this sort of thing...

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Most of the time you would need to get your host/ISP to install it for you. AWStats works much better than Webalizer IMO. I doesn't appear that Azure can be installed on the server unless your host is running Windows.

Mark Irving
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If your log files are HUGE you either have a very popular site or the logs are bundling - just adding to it instead of a monthly/bi-weekly or weekly cycle.
You should look into this as opening or downloading the log file is counting against your bandwidth

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