I've deployed my first live system with Phoenix and Elixir. Since this was a mostly manual process, I need a way to analyze the access logs generated by nginx.
We need another option!
Programming something in Elixir is certainly an option. But I don't want to reinvent the wheel again.
AWstats is an option, however Virtualmin/Webmin requires you to configure it manually if you want it to work with nGINX.
Another solution is to use GoAccess. It provides a very simple interface and it has a realtime feature.
Goaccess + Phoenix
Most Linux distro's have a older version 0.9.2. Version 1.2 allows for realtime HTML update by using websockets.
You can chose to recompile GoAccess or use the old version.
At this point you can implement a Controller View system to reload everything or allow port 7890 in the local firewall.
goaccess -f ~/logs/access_log --log-format=COMBINED -o ~/goaccess_report.html --real-time-html
If you're on a VPS like me and use a ton of security features, you might not want to enable the websockets feature nor allow another open port.
goaccess -f ~/logs/access_log --log-format=COMBINED -o ~/goaccess_report.html
Use Elixir PORT to run the program.
Using GoAccess for a few weeks
It's funny to note that after using it for a few weeks I've seen some pretty weird stuff.
There are a lot of crawlers and bots that try to exploit known vulnerabilities, I mean in only a certain day there are maybe 100 tries via HTTP.
Looking in the logs of other services I can see the same pattern.
Funny though, the things they try will never work since I'm not using anything related to the software those bots are testing for.
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