06
Dec
2014

Logstalgia: Visualise your web server’s activity!

Logstalgia graphically shows what is being accessed in your web server and by who:

Logstalgia

To install logstaliga under Ubuntu, just run the following command:

sudo apt-get install logstalgia

Now you need to specify an access.log file that is usually found in /var/log/apache2:

logstalgia /var/log/apache2/access.log

This only works if you are running a local web server, but you can monitor the activity of a remote server using ssh and tail:

ssh -x -p22 -l user 192.168.xxx.xxx tail -f /var/log/apache2/accs.log | logstalgia --sync

The –sync option shows the web server’s activity in realtime, and more options can be seen using logstalgia -h. If you have a server which gets really busy, you can really see a rather beautiful view of what’s going on. Here is what a DDOS attack looks like.

I hope you found this interesting, happy webbing!

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