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I have been asked to take a look at some access logs for an Apcahe2 web server running on Ubuntu. I have been told by the administrator of the machine that my login has "admin" access yet I cannot seem to copy the access logs from Apache2 to my local machine via FTP for analysis.

I figure one of two things is happening ...

  1. I don't really have full admin access
  2. Some other process (perhaps Apache2) has control of the log files and won't let me copy them.

    How can I tell if I truly have admin access? What type of access do I need to request? Root access? Something else? Should I be able to copy these log files with admin access?

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It's possible that he setup sudo access for your account. Try sudo -l. That will tell you if you have sudo access (and what commands you can run.)

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Thank you very much. I will try that. – webworm Apr 13 '10 at 18:27

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