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If you prefer to manually edit your configuration files, use the following syntax for this option:
dns on dns off dns fastDescription
If set to
on, the DNS Resolution (IPs->Names) (dns) option indicates
that wusage should attempt to look up the host names
of sites for which the access log contains
only IP addresses.
This is important: if your log already contains full host names for most sites, the DNS Resolution (IPs->Names) (dns) option is not recommended. It is not likely that wusage will succeed in looking up the names of sites that your web server could not determine for itself, and a great deal of time will be wasted in the attempt.
If your log does not contain host names,
then you may wish to turn on the
option. Be aware that DNS (Domain Name Service)
resolution is a slow operation which requires
your computer to contact many other machines
on the Internet. Unix versions Wusage 7.0 and above
will look up several addresses at one time. However,
DNS is still inherently a slow operation.
For much faster results, set dns to
will give you full host names in your reports. However, it does not
provide enough information for the Chart Top Domains (domains) report or the
Ignored Sites (ignoresites) option to work properly. If you wish to use
those features and your log does not already contain host names, you
will need to set DNS to
If you set the DNS Resolution (IPs->Names) (dns) option to
you will want to set up wusage to
run automatically once a night, or once a week,
using Unix cron
or the Windows NT at command.
Wusage is a fast program, but DNS is a slow
operation, and it holds up the program
considerably. See also the Cache DNS Results for This Many Days (dnscachedays) option,
which controls the reuse of DNS information from one run
of Wusage to another, and the Fake DNS (fakedns) option, useful
within company Intranets. Unix users should also examine the
Maximum time in seconds for each DNS lookup (dnslookupseconds) option.
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