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can someone tell me the location of access.log for nginx?

Hello, can someone tell me where is the location of access.log file? i need to check every page thats been generating by my visitors. can that be done by access.log file? my server is nginx by the way.

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The location of your access.log file should be defined in your /etc/nginx/nginx.conf file or your site configuration file within your server block. By default, this would be in /etc/nginx/sites-available.

Look for the access_log directive.

If it has not been defined, you can define it using the snippet below (for simplicity, this should go in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf):

log_format compression '$remote_addr - $remote_user [$time_local] '
                       '"$request" $status $bytes_sent '
                       '"$http_referer" "$http_user_agent" "$gzip_ratio"';

access_log /path/to/access.log compression buffer=32k;

… just make sure you change the last line and set /path/to/access.log to an actual path.

You don’t need to create the access.log file, NGINX will do this for you automatically, though the directories in the path must exist, so if the path you choose does not exist, you’ll need to create it before restarting NGINX.

After any/all changes to configuration files:

service nginx reload
```

... so that the changes will take effect.

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That said, the `access.log` file won't tell you anything about pages that have been generated (as in created). What it will tell you (referencing the snippet above) is the IP Address, Time of Request, Path Requested, Status of Request, Size of Request, the Request Referrer, User Agent (i.e. web browser) and whether the request was compressed (via GZIP).

Outside of that scope, logging page creation would be the responsibility of your application, if pages are being created via the script. This would either be the result of custom code or an already available option.

NGINX will give you information on the request, though it's not meant to be a all-inclusive logging solution.

use this command: sudo tail -f /var/log/nginx/error.log

works with sudo nano /var/log/nginx/access.log