PHP Script Permission to Access Apache Logs on Ubuntu

  • Posted on July 12, 2013
  • msomersAsked by msomers

I’m trying to run a PHP Script that parses my Ubuntu Apache Logs for RSS Subscribers ( by executing:

php -f feed-subscribers.php < /var/log/apache2/access.log

The problem is that even if I run it as sudo, I get an access denied error. I’ve been able to execute bash and python scripts with sudo that worked fine accessing the apache logs.

Can anyone give some guidance on how to adjust my set up to work properly?

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Prefixing it with sudo won’t work because you can’t access /var/log/apache2/access.log, sudo only affects the “php -f feed-subscribers.php” part. <br> <br>Try this: <br> <br>sudo cat /var/log/apache2/access.log | sudo php -f feed-subscribers.php

You have to use the visudo command as root to edit the file. Forgot to put that

In /etc/sudoers make sure you user has this line: <br>username ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL