ISPConfig3 client website CustomLog access log goes into other_vhosts_access.log

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The problem:

Client wesites on one of my ISPConfing Web Servers (actually I have to check the others yet) started or, better, stopped logging websites accesses into the expected access log file (the one into /var/log/ispconfig/httpd/, and start logging into the generic “other_vhosts_access.log” used for the “generic website” the one wich responds to all unmanaged virtualhost requests, the ones that comes by IP address instead of hostnames.

Ispconfig vhost config templates:

The solution is to check if the CusomLog directive is in place into the vhost config template used by ISPConfig during a new website creation, or a website update. This file is located into “/usr/local/ispconfig/server/conf”. When I checked mine, obviously after several searches, i discovered that the CustomLog directive wasn’t there. So what i’ve done was to add my CustomLog directive right after the ErrorLog directive paying attention while copying the variables part (tmpl_var name=’domain’), where the domain name should go.

Here is part of my file before the change:


    ServerAdmin webmaster@

    ErrorLog /var/log/ispconfig/httpd//error.log

Here, instead, is the part of the same file after i added the CustomLog directive line:


    ServerAdmin webmaster@

    ErrorLog /var/log/ispconfig/httpd//error.log
    CustomLog /var/log/ispconfig/httpd//access.log combined

That’s all, i just wrote this little article because after several searches on google, i didn’t find any direct answer to this issue. I really ope this will save your time, if yes, please leave a comment.


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Author: Giuseppe Urso

Giuseppe lives in Haarlem now with his shiny dog, Filippa In 1982 received his first home computer, a Commodore 64, followed by Datasette and a 1541 Floppy Disk Drive. In 1999 he installed his first Linux distro (LRH6). In 2006 he switched to Debian as favourite OS. Giuseppe Urso actively sustains the Free Software Fundation and his founder Richard Mattew Stallman, he speaks to people trying to convince them to join the fight now, and about how important is to use Free Software only. He has a job as Infra Specialist at Hippo Enterprise Java Cms an Open Source Enterprise class Content Management System, one of the coolest company ever, in Amsterdam. He's always ready to install Debian on other people computers for free.

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