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The SimpleSAMLphp statistics module

1 Configure your logs

It's recommended to use syslog for logging, then a separate log level is dedicated to statistics. You need to get all statistics log entries in one log file. Here is how I do it in syslog.conf:

# SimpleSAMLphp logging
local5.*                        /var/log/simplesamlphp.log
# Notice level is reserved for statistics only...
local5.=notice                  /var/log/simplesamlphp.stat

Then make sure you have configured this correctly such that you have one log file like this:

# ls -la /var/log/simplesamlphp.stat
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 76740 Nov 15 13:37 /var/log/simplesamlphp.stat

With content that looks like this:

# tail /var/log/simplesamlphp.stat
Nov 15 12:01:49 www1 simplesamlphp-foodle[31960]: 5 STAT [77013b4b6e] saml20-sp-SSO urn:mace:feide.no:services:no.feide.foodle sam.feide.no andreas@uninett.no
Nov 15 13:01:14 www1 simplesamlphp-openwiki[2247]: 5 STAT [50292b9d04] saml20-sp-SSO urn:mace:feide.no:services:no.feide.openwikicore sam.feide.no NA
Nov 15 13:16:39 www1 simplesamlphp-openwiki[2125]: 5 STAT [3493d5d87f] saml20-sp-SSO urn:mace:feide.no:services:no.feide.openwikicore sam.feide.no NA
Nov 15 13:37:27 www1 simplesamlphp-foodle[3146]: 5 STAT [77013b4b6e] AUTH-login-admin OK

Here you can see that I collect statistics in one file for several installations. You could easily separate each instance of SimpleSAMLphp into separate files (your preference).

2 Configure the statistics module

First enable the statistics module, as you enable any other module:

cd modules/statistics
touch enable

Then take the configuration template:

cp modules/statistics/config-templates/*.php config/

Configure the path of the log file:

'inputfile' => '/var/log/simplesamlphp.stat',

Make sure the stat dir is writable. SimpleSAMLphp will write data here:

'statdir' => '/var/lib/simplesamlphp/stats/',

2.1 Configuring the syntax of the logfile

Syslog uses different date formats on different environments, so you need to do some manual tweaking to make sure that SimpleSAMLphp knows how to interpret the logs.

There are three parameter values you need to make sure are correct.

'datestart'  => 1,
'datelength' => 15,
'offsetspan' => 21,

The first datestart is 1 when the date starts from the beginning of the line. The datelength parameter tells how many characters long the date is.

The offsetspan parameter shows on which character the first column starts, such that the STAT keyword becomes column number 3.

Use the loganalyzer script with the --debug parameter to debug whether your configuration is correct. If not, then it easy to see what is wrong, for example if the STAT keyword is not in column 3.

Here is some example output:

$ cd modules/statistics/bin
$ ./loganalyzer.php --debug
Statistics directory   : /var/lib/simplesamlphp/stats/
Input file             : /Users/andreas/Desktop/simplesamlphp.log
Offset                 : 4237200
Log line: Feb 11 11:32:57 moria-app1 syslog_moria-app1[6630]: 5 STAT [2d41ee3f1e] AUTH-login-admin Failed
Date parse [Feb 11 11:32:57] to [Wed, 11 Feb 09 11:32:57 +0100]
    [0] => moria-app1
    [1] => syslog_moria-app1[6630]:
    [2] => 5
    [3] => STAT
    [4] => [2d41ee3f1e]
    [5] => AUTH-login-admin
    [6] => Failed

In the debug output, please verify four things:

  1. That the first field in the date parse line contains all the characters that are part of the timestamp, compared with the log line on the line above.
  2. Verify that the second field in the date parse line is correct: corresponding to the input timestamp.
  3. That the first [0] field contains all the characters from the first column.
  4. That column [3] is STAT.

2.2 Setup cron

You also should setup the cron module:

cd modules/cron
touch enable

2.3 Alternative to using the cron module

As an alternative to using the cron module you can run the script statistics/bin/loganalyzer.php manually.

3 Presentation of the statistics

At the Installation page there will be a link "show statistics", go there and if SimpleSAMLphp finds the statistics files in the statdir generated from cron or the script you will see statistics. Enjoy.

4 Support

If you need help to make this work, or want to discuss SimpleSAMLphp with other users of the software, you are fortunate: Around SimpleSAMLphp there is a great Open source community, and you are welcome to join! The forums are open for you to ask questions, contribute answers other further questions, request improvements or contribute with code or plugins of your own.