Wusage 7.1 Manual: Launching the Wusage Application

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Wusage 7.1 Manual

Launching the Wusage Application

Starting Wusage under Windows 95, 98, and NT

If you chose to install Wusage in your startup group, then it is probably already running. Just click on the minimized W7 icon in your task bar to access the Wusage user interface. If you did not install Wusage in your startup group, pick the Wusage group from your start menu and launch the Wusage application from there.

Important note to batch file authors and command line fans: yes, it is still possible to use the command line options. Beginning with version 7.0 P10, you will do this using the wusage.exe executable, which behaves similarly to the Unix version of the program, rather than the new wusageg.exe executable which has a built-in Windows GUI interface. You can analyze log files without using the user interface, although you will need it at least once to create a configuration file. For more information, see the Command Line Options and Remote Access via the -server Option sections of the manual.


Under Windows NT, we recommend the use of the Windows NT administrator account for initial setup and unlocking of the program only. Under other circumstances there is no need to run the program as a privileged user. However, Wusage is designed not to provide account holders access to any unrelated information when operating in ISP mode.

Starting Wusage under Unix

To run Wusage, just cd to the directory where you untarred or unzipped Wusage, and type ./wusage to start the program.

We do NOT recommend running the Wusage web-based user interface as root under Unix. Although Wusage is not designed to provide access to any unrelated information, it is never a good idea to run applications as root when this can be easily avoided by using another account.

Starting Wusage under MacOS

Macintosh users can simply double-click on the Wusage icon, in the Wusage folder. When the Wusage console window appears, follow the instructions to connect to Wusage using your preferred web browser.

Starting Wusage as a CGI Program

If you prefer, you can install wusage as a CGI program. ISPs who wish to make the program available to individual web server administrators will definitely need to do this. See Remote Access via the -server Option for more information.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO RUN WUSAGE ON THE SAME COMPUTER AS YOUR WEB BROWSER! For instance, if you have a shell account or the privilege of installing CGI programs on your ISP's website, then you can run the program on your ISP's computer and save the time and grief of downloading log files to your computer. Just be sure to install the correct version of Wusage for your ISP's operating system.

How to Connect Your Browser

Windows users will not need to connect with a web browser, unless they prefer to do so or wish to provide remote access to many account holders in ISP mode. In such cases, run the wusage.exe executable instead of the wusageg.exe executable.

A welcoming message will appear, with instructions to connect your browser to the program. WRITE DOWN the user name and password information that appears the first time you run the program, open the URL that appears with your web browser, and enter the correct name and password.

If you are not able to connect, the host name in the URL Wusage has asked you to open may not be exactly correct. This happens when a computer is not configured to supply this information correctly. Just use the correct name or IP address for the computer on which you are running wusage.

Moving On

If this is the first time you have run the program, your next step will be to decide what mode of operation you prefer. Continue reading with Before You Start: Choosing Simple, ISP or Advanced Mode .
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Topical Configuration Editor Reference
Alphabetical Configuration Editor Reference
Alphabetical Configuration File Reference
Glossary of Frequently Used Terms

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