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Tip: Apache Log Location

  • Posted January 25, 2013

This isn’t a question, just a tip that I hope someone finds useful. :)

By default, your Apache logs get stored in /etc/apache2/error.log. The trouble with this location is that only the root user (not your sudo user) can access them. You can make them more accessible by having them written out to your user’s folder.

  1. sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
  2. Scroll down a bit find the line that says:

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log

  1. Comment it out and replace it with:

ErrorLog /home/<user>/logs/apache_errors.log

  1. Create the /home/<user>/logs folder (or wherever you choose to put it)
  2. Restart apache:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

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Thanks for the tip! :)

The Apache user is usually www-data, then remember after pointing this folder, leave the Apache as owner of it:

$ sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /home/<your-user>/logs

Thank you so much! You just saved me a couple hours of pointless searching (:


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