Tuesday 28 July 2015

Piping apache

Apache is the most commonly user web server, and it's the one I've been using for the last 20 years. So I thought I knew it pretty well.

I set up a server with Fedora 22 (that's the latest version) and Apache/2.4.12. No problems, except when I started it up, it failed.

One of the things I do, is I take the log output of apache, and pipe it into an analysis program, which alerts me via email to any naughty stuff. That's easy to do,

CustomLog "|/home/engine/" vlog

For reasons I really don't understand, it wasn't working. It seemed to be claiming that it couldn't access the file.

I removed the quote marks, and it worked. I put the quote marks back ... and it still worked.


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