I'm trying to analyze my FTP log to investigate some unauthorized access, but I can't make sense of some of the far right columns.

Thu Oct 01 00:13:55 2009 0 2547 /home/user1/public_html/index.html a _ o r user1 ftp 1 * c
Thu Oct 01 00:13:58 2009 0 2606 /home/user1/public_html/index.html a _ i r user1 ftp 1 * c

I can't find any documentation on how to read these logs.

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Here is the website describing your log format. It has a good description of what every field in your log file means.

  • Awesome. I'm wondering if the proftpd and pureftpd log files are the same, or maybe I'm wrong about what's running on my server?
    – user22872
    Oct 15, 2009 at 14:21
  • Your link was really hard to spot at the start there. It was exactly what I was after though. Thanks. =)
    – Wireblue
    Nov 25, 2012 at 23:10

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