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I am using Apache with PHP on a Unix server, and some days back someone changed some PHP files. As part of the investigation, I want to know where the FTP log is saved for the same server so that we can track down the responsible person.

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You are making a mistake by assuming that all file modifications are always done over FTP. It's possible that someone connected using SFTP (which does not log transfers) or edited over SSH directly. – grawity Oct 24 '11 at 10:09
Or the server was hacked and files were uploaded through a backdoor. – vtest Oct 24 '11 at 10:11
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If you have logging properly set up, logs are usually here:


specify FTP server you are using to get exact path, or look into FTP server config in /etc/

  • Proftpd: via syslog or /var/log/proftpd.log (config: /etc/proftpd.conf)
  • Pureftpd: /var/log/pureftpd.log (config: /etc/pureftpd/conf/AltLog)
  • Vsftpf: /var/log/vsftpd.log (config: /etc/vsftpd.conf)
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Hi, Thanks for the help. I got Access and error logs in /works folder. – Shatru Oct 24 '11 at 10:16

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