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XFERLOG(5) File Formats Manual XFERLOG(5)


xferlog - ProFTPD server logfile


The xferlog file contains logging information from the FTP server daemon, proftpd(8). This file usually is found in /var/log but can be located anywhere by using a proftpd(8) configuration directive. Each server entry is composed of a single line of the following form, with all fields being separated by spaces.

current-time   transfer-time   remote-host   file-size   filename   transfer-type   special-action-flag   direction   access-mode   username   service-name   authentication-method   authenticated-user-id  completion-status
is the current local time in the form "DDD MMM dd hh:mm:ss YYYY". Where DDD is the day of the week, MMM is the month, dd is the day of the month, hh is the hour, mm is the minutes, ss is the seconds, and YYYY is the year.
is the total time in seconds for the transfer.
is the remote host name.
is the size of the transferred file in bytes.
is the name of the transferred file. If the filename contains any spaces or control characters, each such character is replaced by an underscore ('_') character.
is a single character indicating the type of transfer. Can be one of:
for an ascii transfer
for a binary transfer
is one or more single character flags indicating any special action taken. Can be one or more of:
file was compressed
file was uncompressed
file was tar'ed
no action was taken
is the direction of the transfer. Can be one of:
is the method by which the user is logged in. Can be one of:
(anonymous) is for an anonymous guest user.
(real) is for a local authenticated user.
is the local username, or if guest, the ID string given.
is the name of the service being invoked, usually FTP.
is the method of authentication used. Can be one of:
RFC931 Authentication
is the user id returned by the authentication method. A * is used if an authenticated user id is not available.
is a single character indicating the status of the transfer. Can be one of:
complete transfer
incomplete transfer




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