last updated: Jun 11, 2024

Wanted to install it on my billmill.org server:

sudo apt install goaccess

Next I need to figure out where my access log is. systemctl status caddy reminded me that my caddy config file is at /etc/caddy/Caddyfile. It seems that I'm maybe not writing access logs at all?

Following the docs,

$ sudo mkdir /var/log/caddy # edit the caddy log file to add: # log { # output file /var/log/caddy/access.log { # roll_size 10MB # roll_keep 5 # } # } $ sudo systemctl restart caddy

now systemctl status caddy shows caddy running, but there's sitll nothing in the /var/log/caddy directory. Ah ha, the status logs show the error: write error: can't open new logfile: open /var/log/caddy/access.log: permission denied

So, chmod a+rw /var/log/caddy/ and 💥 caddy now logs accesses

ugh, of course debian has an ancient version of goaccess. it doesn't handle caddy format. Their download page

recommends this process:

wget -O - https://deb.goaccess.io/gnugpg.key | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/goaccess.gpg >/dev/null echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/goaccess.gpg] https://deb.goaccess.io/ $(lsb_release -cs) main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/goaccess.list sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install goaccess

So after a apt remove goaccess, let's give it a try... and it seemed to go fine, but installed the same ancient version.

I'm on a modern version of ubuntu (20.04), but it seems not to be finding the package for whatever reason. blugh.

ok, fine, let's install go:

wget https://go.dev/dl/go1.18.1.linux-amd64.tar.gz tar -C /usr/local -xzf go1.18.1.linux-amd64.tar.gz

Then build goaccess:

wget https://tar.goaccess.io/goaccess-1.5.7.tar.gz tar -xzvf goaccess-1.5.7.tar.gz cd goaccess-1.5.7/ # install deps because configure failed apt install libncursesw5-dev libgeoip-dev libmaxminddb-dev libssl-dev # try configure again ./configure --enable-utf8 --enable-geoip=mmdb make make install

ok, installed, but get an error! seems to be https://github.com/allinurl/goaccess/issues/2308 ; goaccess got updated for a more recent version of caddy, but that breaks processing for older versions of caddy.

root@billmill:~# goaccess /var/log/caddy/access.log --log-format=CADDY Cleaning up resources... ==1316640== GoAccess - Copyright (C) 2009-2020 by Gerardo Orellana ==1316640== https://goaccess.io - <hello@goaccess.io> ==1316640== Released under the MIT License. ==1316640== ==1316640== FILE: /var/log/caddy/access.log ==1316640== Parsed 10 lines producing the following errors: ==1316640== ==1316640== IPv4/6 is required. ==1316640== IPv4/6 is required. ==1316640== IPv4/6 is required. ==1316640== IPv4/6 is required. ==1316640== IPv4/6 is required. ==1316640== IPv4/6 is required. ==1316640== IPv4/6 is required. ==1316640== IPv4/6 is required. ==1316640== IPv4/6 is required. ==1316640== IPv4/6 is required. ==1316640== ==1316640== Format Errors - Verify your log/date/time format

so I'll try the same install dance with goaccess 1.5.6. Hey finally it works!

goaccess /var/log/caddy/access.log --log-format=CADDY

Fires up a nice curses TUI. There's probably a way to get the web UI up and running, but that's fine enough for me - I can just ssh in.

If I ever want to get it running as a service, this comment ) may serve as a starting point for running it as a systemd service. Next up I'd have to figure out how to proxy it back out through caddy.

this webpage suggests this command:

goaccess --log-format=VCOMMON \
         --ws-url=wss://stats.example.com/ws \
         --output=${STATS_DIR}/index.html \
         --log-file=/etc/logs/requests.log \
         --no-query-string \
         --anonymize-ip \
         --double-decode \
         --real-os \

and this caddy config to proxy it back out:

https://stats.example.com/ws { proxy / localhost:7890 { websocket } }```

This worked for getting a webserver up and running: goaccess /var/log/caddy/access.log --log-format=CADDY -o /var/www/html/_goaccess.html --real-time-html

github code search has a few examples, including one that puts it behind a basic auth, which seems sensible

How to pas a directory of access files, some of which are gz encoded and some are not, into goaccess:

zcat -f /var/log/caddy/access* | goaccess - --log-format=CADDY

It takes a bit to process them, but it will load them all and display your stats over time

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