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vsftpd log files

July 6th, 2012 Posted in FTP, Linux, network

vsftpdIn vsftpd we can choose between these two log types:

– log only the file transfer (upload/download) information.

– log all FTP commands and responses. We will need this log when debugging FTP problems.

To log only the file transfer information, use these directives:


The file transfer information will be logged in xferlog_file (/var/log/xferlog by default).


To log all FTP commands and responses, use these directives:


A standard vsftpd log file specified in the vsftpd_log_file directive (/var/log/vsftpd.log by default) will be used.


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