[drupal-devel] [feature] Add IP lookup capabilities to the watchdog module

killes drupal-devel at drupal.org
Tue May 10 17:46:49 UTC 2005

Issue status update for http://drupal.org/node/22494

 Project:      Drupal
 Version:      cvs
 Component:    watchdog.module
 Category:     feature requests
 Priority:     minor
 Assigned to:  Anonymous
 Reported by:  baudolino
 Updated by:   killes at www.drop.org
 Status:       patch

ok, more questions: How long is that service already there? How long
will it stay available? Does their TOS allow this kind of integration?

killes at www.drop.org

Previous comments:

May 10, 2005 - 05:27 : baudolino

Attachment: http://drupal.org/files/issues/watchdog.add_IP_lookup.diff (972 bytes)

This small patch adds IP lookup capabilities to the watchdog module
using the free external site http://whois.sc. Basically, the IP becomes
clickable, and a new window opens which displays a lot of data about the
address in question. Might be useful for site administrators who need to
look at suspicious activites, spiders, harvesters etc.

I got this idea from the phpBB bulletin board software, which offers
this feature for administrators.

One line patch attached.


May 10, 2005 - 15:46 : kbahey

+1 for this patch.

Shouldn't target="blank" read target="_blank" (with under score)?


May 10, 2005 - 16:25 : Junyor

-1 for using the target attribute.  That's browsers UI functionality.


May 10, 2005 - 17:32 : Bèr Kessels

another -1 on target blank; As nielsen points out
(http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9605.html #9) opening new windows is 

"Opening up new browser windows is like a vacuum cleaner sales person
who starts a visit by emptying an ash tray on the customer's carpet.
Don't pollute my screen with any more windows, thanks (particularly
since current operating systems have miserable window management).



May 10, 2005 - 18:59 : baudolino

Attachment: http://drupal.org/files/issues/watchdog.add_IP_lookup_1.diff (957 bytes)

Updated version, removed "target=_blank".


May 10, 2005 - 19:03 : chx

removed target? Then now I can +1 this.


May 10, 2005 - 19:10 : killes at www.drop.org

Why is this usefull? Can't you set up Apache to do the looking up?

Just two random questions.


May 10, 2005 - 19:42 : Chris Johnson

Several reasons:

1.  Yes, Apache can be configured to do this.  However, it is resource
intensive.  Apache would have to do a DNS reverse lookup request for
every IP address.  This is generally considered to be a bad idea on any
Apache server that has any kind of load.  Thus, it will be turned off on
most hosting arrangements.

2.  Not everybody runs Apache.  :-)

3.  It's convenient, somewhat useful and very lightweight to provide

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