This tutorial will show you how to enable this feature in such a way that only requested issued from localhost will be accepted and served.
Setting mod_status up
By default, server status report is commented so you can not access it. To enable it, you need to uncomment from /etc/apache2/apache2.conf or /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf :
Deny from all
Allow from .your_domain.com
This is a default setting, and will not work out of the box. What is said here is: server status will be acessible at location http://servername/server-status, access will be denied to everybody but people connecting from domain your_domain.com and any sub-domain from your_domain.com.
We want the server status to be provided only to people connected directly from the host running the apache server. Therefore we are going to deny access to /server-status to everybody except for people connecting from localhost, in the end the setting will look like:
Deny from all
Allow from 127.0.0.1
Note: You could be using localhost instead of 127.0.0.1, but keep in mind that if the directive HostnameLookups is turned to Off, apache won't let you access to http://localhost/server-status .
OK, now that everything is set up, check that there is no error in your configuration by using:
$apache2ctl -t or $ /usr/local/apache/bin/apachectl configtest
if everything is fine, reload apache2 configuration with:
$sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 reload or $ /usr/local/apache/bin/apachectl restart
Accessing Apache Status
To access apache status and activity, you need to request the page http://localhost/server-status, you could use text mode navigators such as elinks or links in order to connect through a console using ssh.
Now, you can access information such as server start time, server uptime, number of requests being processed, number of slots available .... The different keys are explained just under the server activity.
A neat feature of server-status is the ability to refresh every X seconds, in order to get up-to-date activity, by calling:
In the previous example, the status will be updated every 2 seconds.
Getting more from Apache Server-status
If you want to get more information from your server activity, you can add the directive:
just above the
But in another hand, you will be able to access more informations such as:
- Total accesses
- CPU usage
- number of requests/sec, Bytes/sec and Bytes/request
- See the different clients connected to your server, on which virtual host as well as the page there are requesting, you can even access the time it took to request a specific page as well as the resources required.