How to read Apache logs RRS feed

  • Question

  • User-1262787652 posted

    ASP.NET 5 Core MVC application isa running in Debian with Apache.

    Controllers below are used to read logs.
    Reding syslog works OK. 

    Reading access and error logs causes error 

        Permission denied
        Access to the path '/var/log/apache2/error.log' is denied.
        System.UnauthorizedAccessException: Access to the path '/var/log/apache2/error.log' is denied.
         ---> System.IO.IOException: Permission denied
           --- End of inner exception stack trace ---
           at Interop.ThrowExceptionForIoErrno(ErrorInfo errorInfo, String path, Boolean isDirectory, Func`2 errorRewriter)
           at Microsoft.Win32.SafeHandles.SafeFileHandle.Open(String path, OpenFlags flags, Int32 mode)
           at System.IO.FileStream..ctor(String path, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, FileShare share, Int32 bufferSize, FileOptions options)
           at System.IO.StreamReader.ValidateArgsAndOpenPath(String path, Encoding encoding, Int32 bufferSize)
    /var/log/apache2/error.log file, /var and /log directories are marked as readable for everyone.
    How to read those logs ? Reading syslog works.
            public async Task<IActionResult> Syslog()
            {   // this works
                return await Logi("/var/log/syslog");
            public async Task<IActionResult> Errorlog()
            { // this throws permission denied error
                return await Logi("/var/log/apache2/error.log");
            static async Task<IActionResult> Logi( string fail)
                StringBuilder sb = new("<html><head></head><body><pre>");
                using (StreamReader reader = new(fail))
                    string line;
                    while ((line = await reader.ReadLineAsync()) != null)
                return new ContentResult()
                    Content = sb.ToString(),
                    ContentType = "text/html"

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 2:29 PM

All replies

  • User-474980206 posted

    Logrotate resets the file permissions during a rotation. Did you change its config file. See docs for syslogd on you version of Linux to set the create directive.

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 3:25 PM
  • User-1262787652 posted

    I verified that both files have read by everyone bit:


    root@c202-76:/var/log/apache2# ls -l error.log
    -rw-r--r-x 1 root adm 9884 apr   18 17:54 error.log

    syslog is readable but error.log is not.

    syslog r attribute is preserved by log rotate: syslog can read all the time.

    For unknown reason apache logs are not readable. I restarted kestrel and Apache but problem persists. I set read by everyone  attribute for log files, havent changed log rotation settings.

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 5:06 PM
  • User-474980206 posted

    Probably missing all execute on the director(s), so the file can not be accessed. 

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 6:49 PM