HTTP access log

January 12, 2014

A Zato ESB and application server feature that has just been added on GitHub is an HTTP access log.

This is an additional log to what has been already available in regular server logs and keeps nothing but information regarding HTTP requests in a format used by Apache httpd. This makes it possible to use existing tools in order to parse and extract interesting information out of the logs.

The log is kept in each server's ./logs/http_access.log file. For instance, if a server is in /opt/zato/server1, the log will be in /opt/zato/server1/http_access.log.

Here's a sample entry and descriptions of all the default fields: K070053855728592769928224227915635470962 "" [12/Jan/2014:20:11:53 +0100] "GET /zato/ping HTTP/1.1" 200 141 "-" "curl/7.22.0 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu) libcurl/7.22.0 OpenSSL/1.0.1 zlib/ libidn/1.23 librtmp/2.3"
Field Sample value Description
Remote address Address of the application issuing the request, X-Forwarded-For is used, if present, otherwise IP address of the client application is used.
CID K070053855728592769928224227915635470962 Correlation ID assigned to the request
Channel name "" Name of the channel invoked, either plain HTTP or SOAP
Timestamp [12/Jan/2014:20:11:53 +0100] Timestamp of the request. In local timezone by default but can be changed to UTC if need be.
HTTP info "GET /zato/ping HTTP/1.1" HTTP method, URL path invoked and HTTP method
Status code 200 HTTP status code returned in response
Response size 141 Size of the response in bytes
Referer "-" HTTP referer (sic), currently not used
User agent "curl/7.22.0 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu) libcurl/7.22.0 OpenSSL/1.0.1 zlib/ libidn/1.23 librtmp/2.3" User agent issuing the request