Can someone tell me where is located the log file for vsftpd? I'm trying to learn how to install and configure a ftp server and I can't seem to find the log file. Can anybody tell me how to configure the service to make a log file or where is located?
The log file for Ubuntu by default is
/var/log/vsftpd.log. The setting is in
The default could be modified by specifying a different pathname (
# You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown # below. #xferlog_file=/var/log/vsftpd.log
The logging of vsftpd is a bit more complex than other responses show. There are three logging mechanism, here is an example config of
/etc/vsftpd.conf where I have added some comments for self-explanation:
# Below verbose log is for transfer/upload, formatted for common tools stats. # Use command: tail -f /var/log/xferlog xferlog_enable=YES xferlog_file=/var/log/xferlog xferlog_std_format=YES # Below verbose log is for FTP commands and responses. # By default, logs were written to syslog instead of file. # Use command: tail -f /var/log/vsftpd.log # Use command: logread -f log_ftp_protocol=YES vsftpd_log_file=/var/log/vsftpd.log syslog_enable=NO # Allow log 1 and 2 to be written simultaneously. dual_log_enable=YES
Once modified at your discretion, you must do a:
service vsftpd restart
Due to the amount of logging generated, you might want to disable it as soon as you are finished debugging. More specifically, reverting to
syslog_enable=YES will move back to logging into RAM ringbuffer in OpenWrt and avoid wear out flash.