A vendor is transfering files via FTP to our location via FTP and claims that they did send us the files. Where can I find the FTP log files and what are they called?

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    Your admin should be able to tell you. The answer depends on how your admin set this up and also depends on whether he set up or disabled logging. Lets start with: what program is used to do ftp? – Rinzwind Nov 5 '13 at 14:36
  • We currently have very limited knowldege surrounding this environment. So please bare with me......How can I determine what program could be used for this? I pretty sure we are just using whatever gets installed by default for the OS. – Lourens Prinsloo Nov 5 '13 at 14:51
  • If you have superuser do (aka 'sudo') you can type sudo lsof -i | grep ftp edit your question and add the results. – Braiam Nov 5 '13 at 14:57
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    @LourensPrinsloo there is no ftp installed by default. Here is a limited list of possible ones: help.ubuntu.com/10.04/serverguide/ftp-server.html – Rinzwind Nov 5 '13 at 15:08
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    /var/log/vsftpd.log – Evgenii Mar 13 '18 at 14:10

Depends of your FTP server, but most log files are in /var/log. Most servers just log errors and warning by default, so I'm not entirely sure you can find the log of file transfers since they would tend to take too much space.

You can use also locate to find them in case you have an idea of what are they called, like ftp.log.

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    or maybe it is called xferlog ;) – Rinzwind Nov 5 '13 at 14:36

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