Tagging HTTP Get Requests to audit click thru traffic from thin rev app net client

Martin Baxter mb.ur at harbourhost.co.uk
Tue Dec 6 15:26:47 EST 2005


Sivakatirswami wrote:
> Goal: From with a rev remote client app deployed to fooNumber of  
> desktops, be able to monitor click thrus on buttons or links to  
> external URL's.
> 
> Is there a way by which the web master in charge of httpd access logs  
> for "http://www.ZarposhImports.com/" (or whatever) can determine from  
> the GET request entries in his httpd access logs that the request has  
> come from my client app?
> 
> My first guess is, yes, possibly, if a) one could configure the http  
> headers  in such a way as to make a customized user agent that is  
> clearly recognized as one's app. i.e. instead of the user agent being  
> the standard "Mozilla" or "Internet Explore 6.0" in the GET lines,  the 
> end  of the line server httpd access log would show " USER AGENT:  
> VeryCoolRevolutionAppName" as the "browser" which made the GET  request. 

> insights anyone?
> 

currently revolution shows up in my log like this:

"GET /sfsupport/sfstatus.txt HTTP/1.1" 200 12 "-" "Revolution (Win32)"

This is just a standard put url "http://(etc...) request

Maybe this is good enough for your purposes?

Otherwise I guess you will need to roll-your-own http headers, as you 
suggest.

Martin Baxter



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