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Server and domain log

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Created by Anthony.Rinaldi_ret, last modified by Anthony.Rinaldi_ret on Jul 20, 2016

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The Server Activity > Log and Domain Activity > Log pages show logged activity for the server or domain.

The server log shows file server startup, configuration, and shutdown information. It does not show domain activity information. For activity logs, view the log of the appropriate domain instead. In addition to status information about libraries, licensing, and the current build that is logged when the file server first starts, the server log also contains information about all domain listener status, Universal Plug-and-Play (UPnP) status information, and PASV port range status. The information contained in the server log is also saved to a text file located in the installation directory that is named Serv-U-StartupLog.txt. This file is replaced each time the Serv-U File Server is started.

The domain log contains information about and activity pertaining to the currently administered domain only. This includes the status of the listeners of the domain, and any configured activity log information. For more information about the types of activity information that can be placed in the domain log, see Configure domain logs.

You can highlight information contained in the log by clicking and dragging the mouse cursor over the appropriate portion of the log. When it is highlighted, you can copy the selected portion to the clipboard.

Freeze Log

Select this option to temporarily pause the refreshing of the log. This is useful on busy systems so you can highlight and copy a particular section of the log before it scrolls out of view. When you have finished, deselect the option to resume the automatic updating of the log.

Select All

Click this button to automatically freeze the log and highlight all currently displayed log information so you can copy it to the clipboard.

Clear Log

When the log has become too large for you to view at once, click this button to erase the currently displayed log information. Only log information received after clicking the button is displayed.


To make viewing the different components of the log easier, each different type of logged message is color-coded for quick identification. Clicking this shows the legend in a draggable dialog. Drag the legend dialog to a convenient location so you can use it for reference while you browse the log.

Filter Log

To quickly find and read through specific sections of the log, you can filter it based on a search string. Click this button to bring up the Filter Log window. Provide a search string, and then click Filter to refresh the log to only display log entries containing the search string. To view the entire contents of the log again, open the Filter Log window, and then click Reset.

Download Log

To download the full log file from Serv-U, click Download Log. If you have permission to download the file, your web browser prompts you to choose a location to save the file, or it begins to download the file automatically.

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