I'm trying to setup a simple hosting enviroment for my application on an Ubuntu server.

I created a virtualhost like this:

<VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerAdmin info@example.org
        ServerName www.example.com
        ServerAlias example.com

        DocumentRoot /home/owner/example.com/docs
        <Directory />
                Options FollowSymLinks
                AllowOverride None
        <Directory /home/owner/example.com/docs/>
                Options -Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
                AllowOverride None
                Order allow,deny
                allow from all

        ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
        <Directory "/usr/lib/cgi-bin">
                AllowOverride None
                Options +ExecCGI -MultiViews +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
                Order allow,deny
                Allow from all

        ErrorLog /home/owner/example.com/logs/error.log

        # Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,
        # alert, emerg.
        LogLevel warn

        CustomLog /home/owner/example.com/logs/access.log combined

        php_flag log_errors on
        php_value error_log /home/owner/example.com/logs/php-error.log


Now, my problem is that PHP errors and warnings are thrown in the error.log - not the php-error.log as I was hoping.

How can achieve this?


Ensure that the apache user has permission to create the /home/owner/example.com/logs/php-error.log file in addition to being able to write to it.

Most likely the /home/owner/example.com/logs/ directory has 755 permissions, which would prevent Apache from being able to create the php-error.log file.

  • 1
    You were right - I had some permission issues. Thank you. – Repox Dec 13 '12 at 13:02

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