Access Logs

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An access log is a list of all the requests for individual files that people have requested from a Web site. These files will include HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) files and their imbedded graphic images and any other associated files that get transmitted. The access log (sometimes referred as the "raw data") can be analyzed and summarized by another program.[1]

Access logs hold information about the rights an Access Control system grants or denies over a period of time.

In Unix systems, access logs are frequently maintained by the syslog deamon, and are stored as text files in the /var/log or /usr/adm directory.

On Windows NT systems, an event logging mechanism and the Event Log program are used to manage such logs. On most systems, the detail maintained by Access Logs is configurable.[2]


  1. Access Log Definition
  2. Definition of Access Logs