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Article ID: 127357, created on Nov 7, 2015, last review on Nov 7, 2015

  • Applies to:
  • Plesk Automation 11.5


How modify LogFormat for the Apache logs on Linux web-hosting service nodes in Plesk Automation?


Plesk Automation defines global log format that will be used for all virtual hosts and assigns nickname 'plesklog' to this log format:

LogFormat "%v@@%p@@%h %l %u %t \"%r\" %>s %O \"%{Referer}i\" \"%{User-Agent}i\"" plesklog

In order to modify this directive for all virtual hosts on the Service Node you need to do the following:

  1. Login to PA Management node and copy default web server configuration file. Based on it, PA applies changes on Apache nodes:

    # mkdir /usr/local/psa/admin/conf/templates/custom/
    # cp -rp /usr/local/psa/admin/conf/templates/default/server.php /usr/local/psa/admin/conf/templates/custom/

    Important: Do not change the default templates. To introduce your changes to the configuration, copy the templates you need to the /usr/local/psa/admin/conf/templates/custom/ directory and modify them, preserving the directory structure, and then modify these copies. You can create templates from scratch and place them in the custom/ directory according to the default structure.

  2. Add necessary directives in /usr/local/psa/admin/conf/templates/custom/server.php. For example if you need to track %{X-Forwarded-For}i add this value in <IfModule mod_logio.c> and <IfModule !mod_logio.c> sections:

    # cat /usr/local/psa/admin/conf/templates/custom/server.php
        <IfModule mod_logio.c>
            LogFormat "<?php echo $VAR->server->webserver->apache->pipelogEnabled ? '%v@@%p@@' : ''?>%h %l %u %t \"%r\" %>s %O \"%{Referer}i\" \"%{User-Agent}i\" \"%{X-Forwarded-For}i\"" plesklog
        <IfModule !mod_logio.c>
            LogFormat "<?php echo $VAR->server->webserver->apache->pipelogEnabled ? '%v@@%p@@' : ''?>%h %l %u %t \"%r\" %>s %b \"%{Referer}i\" \"%{User-Agent}i\" \"%{X-Forwarded-For}i\"" plesklog

    Important:: Don't forget that special symbols like " should be escaped with \.

  3. Check that the modified templates are valid PHP files:

    # php -l /usr/local/psa/admin/conf/templates/custom/server.php
    No syntax errors detected in /usr/local/psa/admin/conf/templates/custom/server.php
  4. Generate new configuration files, replace with your Linux web hosting service node:

    # /usr/local/psa/admin/bin/httpdmng --reconfigure-server -service-node

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