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    Default Bandwidth usage?

    I need to find out how much bandwidth we have been using over the past few months to see if we just need to buy a few Gig here and there as we need it or if we really need to upgrade to the next package.

    For the first time in 5 years, we went over our bandwidth last month...and had our site shut down 3 times as a result of it, even though we upgraded to the next package.

    Just trying to figure out if

    1) we really actually went over the bandwidth
    2) WestHost wasn't really keeping track until after 2.0 was released
    3) the bandwidth was coming from somewhere else, as has happened to other customers

    I have an open ticket #100006 since September 25 which is still marked as New in the RT system.

    Thanks,

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    maida,

    One way you can check to see if someone else is using your bandwidth is to give your access_log a "read" located in /var/log/httpd.

    It can be a bit confusing to look at but if you scan down the page looking for single listed IP on the left the examine the entry. One such entry from my log looks lik this.
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    64.141.49.2 - - [06/Oct/2003:08:31:09 -0600] 
    "GET /images/gibbon.gif HTTP/1.0" 200 8394 
    "http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=wildjokerdesign.com/images/gibbon.gif
    &imgrefurl=http://wildjokerdesign.com/gibbon.html
    "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)"
    Yep alot to look at there. (I did clean out some of the extra junk from the refering url and added returns to make it easier to see here) First you have th IP then date then the method and what was requested. Notice on the above that it was a requested by Goggle that is the url after that. Now the above entry I do not really worry about because I get alot of them and as in the case with it I see the same IP after that viewing my page. They just used google to find the images they wanted to look at.

    Now if you found alot of single IPs requesting a "GET /imagedirectory/yourimage.jpg" and then after that it list "http://thepirateurl.com/stealingimages.htm" (bot of those are fictional) then you would now someone was trying to use your images and bandwidth.

    I wish that Webalizer or Wusage could show this but as yet I have not been able to understand them very well and have found this is easier in a way. I keep thinking I will right a script to read the access_log that would find these but just haven't been able to wrap my mind around the logic of weeding them out.

    Hope that gives you someplace to start.

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    I just found this nifty little program that was suggested by anouther user and thought I would pass it on. http://www.weblogexpert.com/
    it is free you use it from your own computer and not on your site so you have to download the /var/log/httpd/access_log to your own computer and then view the file. I was not only able to use the current access log but also the gzip ones to get a combined report.
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    There are other steps you can take now. You can prevent domains outside your own from accessing files by configuring your web-site's htaccess. There's probably an on-line tutorial.

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    I can't use weblogexpert with a Mac but I did try searching the log as you suggested. Immediately found someone linking to an image for an eBay description of an online book. I sent a report to eBay, but that log text is so small I didn't look for more. Got to get new glasses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJP
    There are other steps you can take now. You can prevent domains outside your own from accessing files by configuring your web-site's htaccess. There's probably an on-line tutorial.

    I thought so. http://www.manual.westhost.com/part4.html#ipfiltering

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    Well, how would you set it up? Because if I set our IP as the only address for HTTP access, won't that prevent everyone else from viewing the site?

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    Maida,

    If you know of an IP that is stealing your images you could block that IP by entering it and then unchecking the boxes. As a rule everyone is has access to your site. With IP Filtering you are actually disallowing the person access.
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    Please bear with me and I work this out.

    According to my site manager, my bandwidth usage is:

    09/01/03 12:05:46 AM 10/01/03 12:00:04 AM 15720.596531 MB

    08/14/03 01:08:01 AM 09/01/03 12:05:46 AM 0.037971 MB

    Doesn't that seem odd?

    Of course, part of the reason is that my site was unavailable for nearly a week during that first period due to the upgrade debacle. But still, we've got a staunch visitor base that checked daily to see if the site was back up.

    As of today, bandwidth usage is 3673.37 MB

    But I need statistics from previous months because I find it hard to believe we went over quota just this month after 5 years of the same type of account.

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    So, I tried to look at Webalizer using my site manager, but nothing appears. I checked and it has been installed. Another 2.0 bug?

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    So I downloaded WebLog Expert Lite. Thanks for the link!

    According to the program, the access_log file (over 11 MB!) Time range: 10/6/2003 23:25:06 - 10/7/2003 21:51:34

    So that is nearly a typical day, right? And it says I've got about 556 MB of bandwidth use for this period. In one day. If we say it gets up to 600 MB in a 24 hour time period (nearly 2 more hours), and times that by 31 days, then that gives me 18600 MB of bandwidth use this month alone.

    It doesn't give me a breakdown of all the URLs, and I can't get any program on my regular PC to look at this file without running out of memory (tried Homesite and Notepad).

    Any ideas while I wait in vain for WestHost support?

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    Ah ha! I found lots of people using our images for avatars on various bulletin boards.

    One gif was accessed over 300 times in 24 hours! another one over 200 times!

    Unfortunately, the IP addresses are very varied.

    Anyway to block domain names?

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