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A blast from the past

A couple of weeks ago I was looking at the Stone Steps Webalizer website stats and noticed a sharp drop in visits. Usually that would mean that there was something wrong with the infrastructure, but taking a closer look at the server and the network I couldn't find anything that would point to the problem. The next day was similar, which made me wonder what kind of a world event has happened that drew traffic away off my site.

Today I figured out that this world event was nothing else but the release of the next version of the original Webalizer. The new version, 2.20.01, has a few security fixes and a number of new features, some of which inspired by various Webalizer forks, including Stone Steps Webalizer:

  • MaxMind's GeoIP support
  • Multi-year history
  • IIS (W3C) log file support
  • DNS improvements (CacheIPs and CacheTTL)
  • Query strings support (StripCGI and SearchCaseI)
  • Disable aliasing the default index HTML file
  • Configurable graph component colors
  • Some HTML improvements (e.g. adding the lang attribute)
  • Support for spaces in group configuration options
  • Support for case-insensitive configuration values
  • Country flag support in the Country Report

Some of the new features are fairly interesting and worth considering for Stone Steps Webalizer some time down the road.

  • bzip2 compressed log files (.bz2) support
  • IPv6 support
  • Support for log files larger than 2GB (LFS)
  • Increased size of most internal counters to handle larger sites
  • Unconditionally-generated summary report (index.html)
  • Ability to control links in the top referrers table
  • Support for counting pages matching the criteria as just files
  • Prefix-based page identification

I must say that I was quite surprised to see another release of The Webalizer, which, incidentally, cost me a few downloads this month. However, I'm glad the original Webalizer was revived - this means there will be more Webalizer users and some, eventually, will be looking for an alternative implementation. Go, Webalizer, Go!

Comments:
Posted Fri Sep 12 10:07:29 EDT 2008 by joshuadf

Did you consider contributing patches back to the original webalizer?

Posted Fri Sep 12 15:32:56 EDT 2008 by Andre

I did most of the initial development for IIS and MS Windows and Brad is very anti-MS, so I didn't bother. Now it's too late - SSW is about 2 times larger than the original Webalizer...

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