My Ubuntu vitual server wen't offline. I rebooted it and now want to debug what happened.

I can browse to /etc/log but if I try cd apache2 it says Permission denied. I'm sure my user account has priviliges. I also tried sudo cd apache2 which gives the the error sudo: cd: command not found

How can I access the apache logs? I also tried via sftp without success

PS I am new to linux and virtual servers, but I am keen to learn everything I can.

  • Try sudo -i then cd apache2. – Wilf Feb 16 '14 at 15:45
  • @Wilf it then says -bash: cd: apache2: No such file or directory – S.. Feb 16 '14 at 16:12
  • sudo su them access – vidur punj Aug 13 '17 at 12:22
up vote 22 down vote accepted

You need to add your username to the group adm

sudo usermod -aG adm YourUserName

You can then access the logfiles as normal user without sudo.

  • Thanks, this worked and made me able to actually browse to directory. – S.. Feb 16 '14 at 18:07
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    I had to log in / out of my user session for this permission to take effect. – Horba Jan 29 '15 at 0:15


sudo cat /var/log/apache2/error.log
  • Thanks wojox, but is there a more permanent solution? Like being able to navigate to the apache2 folder? – S.. Feb 16 '14 at 16:13

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