i'm using vsftp on ubuntu 9.04 Is it possible to send an email whenever a user uploads a file to a particular folder using ftp?


I don't think vsftpd itself has anything that will do this for you. Most likely you'll have to write / find a script that will watch a particular directory for files, and email it from there.


You can enable logging for vsftp and then look for files being uploaded in taget directory.


 tail -F /var/log/vsftpd.log | while read line; do
     if echo "$line" | grep -q '/path/to/target/folder'; then
          echo "File is uploaded" | /usr/sbin/sendmail "foo@bar.com";
  • what if the vsftp log rotates - the script will go idle
    – TSG
    Nov 25 '18 at 13:12

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