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Web Access Pattern Mining (WAPM) technology can automatically discover such knowledge as users' access preferences, interests and trends etc from log files of web server or browser. It has gradually been one of hot topics in the web mining. Firstly, this paper presents a full general architecture model of WAPM system and introduces the work principles of main parts in this system. On the basis, many new advances of major steps in WAPM are elaborated and analyzed, including data collection, data preprocessing, patterns discovering and visualization interface. Finally, some future important works on research field of WAPM are given.