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Does anyone know where file access logs are stored, so I can run a tail -f command in order to see who is accessing a particular file.

I have XAMPP, which is an Apache server installed on my machine, which automatically logs the accesses. It is stored in my installation folder.

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On what distribution, or with what hosting provider? Logs are typically under /var/log, but some systems have them elsewhere. – Gilles May 19 '12 at 12:51
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Ultimately, this depends on your Apache configuration. Look for CustomLog directives in your Apache configuration, see the manual for examples.

A typical location for all log files is /var/log and subdirectories. Try /var/log/apache/access.log or /var/log/apache2/access.log. If the logs aren't there, try running locate access.log.

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If you can't find the log with Gilles's answer, there are a couple more things you can try.

  • Look in /var/log/httpd.
  • Run sudo locate access.log as well as sudo locate access_log. The logs on my system were not visible except to root, and the file was called access_log instead of access.log.
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+1 for /var/log/httpd - led me right to it on our CentOS installation – Chuck Wilbur Oct 2 '15 at 19:27

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