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Important WebSTAR Files


The WebSTAR server application creates several important files. You should make sure to back these up regularly, and to copy them if you move your server to another machine. Many of these files can only be opened by WebSTAR, and have a Creator Code starting with "WWW". Others, such as the log files, are text files, and you can open them in a text editor, database import dialog or log analysis program.

WebSTAR Settings File

The WebSTAR Settings file, always located in the WebSTAR folder, stores the WebSTAR serial number, custom server settings, and settings for the standard included WebSTAR Plug-Ins, including the Proxy Server Allow/Deny lists. As this file is very important, we recommend that you archive it often and save old versions.

If the WebSTAR Settings file gets damaged, the server may crash, you may be prompted to re-enter the serial number, or you may notice that your server's configuration information has been lost. In that case, you should restore the previous backup of this file and re-enter any changes you have made.

User Name and Passwords Files

It's a good idea to back up these files often, in case something goes wrong on your hard drive or machine.

WebSTAR.pass File

The WebSTAR.pass file stores user names and passwords for your web server (see Web Users and Passwords). The user entries are not synchronized to the WebSTAR.Settings file, so it may contain names for realms which no longer exist.This file is stored not stored in a human-readable format, and you cannot edit it. You should use WebSTAR Admin to export the list, edit the exported version, and import the changed list, as described in Importing and Exporting Large Users Lists.

FTP Users File

The FTP Users file stores the user names and passwords you've defined in your FTP server. This file is stored not stored in a human-readable format, and you cannot edit it. You should use WebSTAR Admin to export the list, edit the exported version, and import the changed list, as described in FTP Users Import & Export.

Log Files

The WebSTAR Log files correspond to the WebSTAR server monitor windows. They save a permanent record of all transactions on your Web, FTP and Proxy servers.

WebSTAR.log File

All WebSTAR initialization, error, and status messages, along with Web requests, are stored in the WebSTAR.log file. If you want to perform log analysis on your web server, use this file.

For information on log format options, see Log Formats.

WebSTAR FTP.log File

All FTP requests, responses and error messages are saved in this file. For more information, see WebSTAR FTP Monitors & Logging.

WebSTAR Proxy.log File

All Proxy requests, responses, status and error messages are saved in this file. For more information, see Proxy Status Window & Log File.

WebSTAR.Messages File

The WebSTAR Server logs all serious start-up problems it encounters to a special file called WebSTAR.Messages , which is always in the WebSTAR folder. Any line in this file that begins with the string "ERR:" contains a message describing a problem that caused WebSTAR to terminate.

This file is especially useful with the background-only version of the WebSTAR Server, which does not display a Status window. If you contact StarNine Technical Support, they may request that you open or send this file.

The WebSTAR.Messages file is not incremental: it is started anew every time you start the server. If you don't look at the data before you relaunch the server, all the contents will be lost.


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