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Script access to logs

Discussion in 'Plesk for Linux - 8.x and Older' started by liquorvicar, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. liquorvicar

    liquorvicar Guest

    A client of mine needs to be able to access the web logs on a per-domain basis via a script. What's the best way to achieve this? If I change the permissions on the /home/httpd/vhosts/domain.com/statistics/logs/ dir, will the changes get overwritten when the logs are rotated? Could I just set up symlinks to the log files, would it matter that the target logs are owned by root?
  2. Hedgren

    Hedgren Guest

    AFAIK, when logs are rotated, permissions to the "logs" dir are not changed.
    But what kind of script do you mean exactly -- a shell script, a PHP script, etc.?
    As far as I can see, Apache for example, is already a member of 'psaserv' group, so it actually can access these logs:
    -bash-3.1# ls -ld vhosts/pets-detective.org/statistics/logs/
    drwxr-x--- 2 root psaserv 4096 Nov 16 04:59 vhosts/pets-detective.org/statistics/logs/
    -bash-3.1# ls -ld vhosts/pets-detective.org/statistics/
    dr-xr-x--- 7 root psaserv 4096 Nov 15 18:40 vhosts/pets-detective.org/statistics/
    -bash-3.1# grep psaserv /etc/group
    Of course, you could extend these permissions even more, but that would be quite insecure. And there is one more thing which requires your attention -- you'd also need to create a new
    virtual host in Apache configuration to provide access to the DocumentRoot of the statistics/logs (if this is PHP script, for example). Because what you currently have is only smth. like this:
    -bash-3.1# grep DocumentRoot /home/httpd/vhosts/pets-detective.org/conf/httpd.include
    DocumentRoot /home/httpd/vhosts/pets-detective.org/httpdocs
    Hope this helps a byte.
  3. liquorvicar

    liquorvicar Guest

    Thanks for your response. I did experiment in the end and worked out that the log rotation doesn't change the permissions which is exactly what I needed.

    The script is being run from cron so it's being run as the actual user and not apache, which was the problem. Got it sorted now.