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I have been using Analog to analyze the logs of our Apache web server. While analog is quite powerful, I find it quite tedious to set it up correctly to get the information that you want.

My question is: Do you know any (perhaps more "modern") tools to analyze web server log files? Preferably these would be tools running on the web server machine itself, which in my case is a Debian Linux system.

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I've been fairly happy with AWStats

They've got a demo page set up here for a quick example.

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Ubuntu has an awstats package, so I suspect Debian may as well. Makes things nice and easy... –  ceejayoz May 14 '09 at 19:04
    
+1 for awstats. It just works, and even supports combining load balanced site logs, which is a real plus. Plus I used it to replace an OLD WebTrends set of reports, and thus far have been able to get more information out of awstats (with some plugins) than I could with WT. –  Milner May 14 '09 at 19:12
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Maybe try out piwik its a Google Analytics clone that easy on the eyes, and has several plugins for adding additional functionality.

demo site can be found here: http://piwik.org/demo/index.php

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Piwik needs its own database; it does not analyse server log files. –  Arjan Oct 18 '09 at 10:41
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Piwik has a log-importer with which you can import log files from almost any webserver and analyze the data later. –  halfdan Mar 14 '13 at 15:07
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I quite like http://www.summary.net/ - it costs, but a free 30 day demo is available.

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I like AWStats a lot also, but if you are looking for another suggestion there is also a very modern log analyzer called Mint. It is not free, but the cost is very nominal, $30.

The interface is very sleek, similar to google analytics, but it runs locally and provides real-time statistics. Also, it has a huge list of plugins available.

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Mint does not parse existing webserver log files. It uses a web bug instead, exactly like Google Analytics or Piwik (piwik.org). –  joschi Jun 6 '09 at 12:24
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For completenesss, I'll also throw in a suggestion of Webalizer, although it's been a while since I used it last. (My more recent experience has been with the already-mentioned AWStats.

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+1 for completeness (I also prefer AWStats to Webalizer) –  David Z May 14 '09 at 21:19
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