Frequently Asked Questions

The NearlyFreeSpeech.NET FAQ (*)

Log Files (*)

What is the easiest way to make sense of my log files?

Do my site's log files count as space usage for billing purposes?

I've enabled log files, now where are they?

What are log files and how are they used?

My log file is huge and I can't remove it. What do I do?

How does log rotation work?

How do I enable my log files?

Why aren't log files enabled by default?

The return code 304 shows up in my log files all the time. What is it?

304 is the HTTP status response for "not modified." It is used in our log files to indicate that the logged request was actually served by some other part of our network. Usually only simple files, like static graphics and files, are eligible for this type of handling. Dynamic content, such as PHP and CGI scripts, will typically be served (and logged) in its entirety unless your application generates appropriate cache-eligible headers and 304 responses.

This code can also appear for other reasons, such as if someone accesses your site through a web cache.

How come the bytes in my site's access log file do not match the site's actual traffic?

How many old log files will be kept during log rotation?

What are each of the fields in the access log?

I rotated my log files, but the access_log.old file was not compressed. Why not?

What is the format of the error log?

What happens if I change log file compression techniques?