System Administration Guide: Network Services

/etc/nfs/nfslog.conf File

This file defines the path, file names, and type of logging to be used by nfslogd. Each definition is associated with a tag. Starting NFS server logging requires that you identify the tag for each file system. The global tag defines the default values. You can use the following parameters with each tag as needed.


Specifies the default directory path for the logging files. Unless you specify differently, the default directory is /var/nfs.


Sets the path and file name for the log files. The default is /var/nfs/nfslog.


Selects the path and file name for the file-handle-to-path database files. The default is /var/nfs/fhtable.


Determines the path and file name for the buffer files. The default is /var/nfs/nfslog_workbuffer.


Selects the format to be used when creating user-readable log files. The basic format produces a log file that is similar to some ftpd daemons. The extended format gives a more detailed view.

If the path is not specified, the path that is defined by defaultdir is used. Also, you can override defaultdir by using an absolute path.

To identify the files more easily, place the files in separate directories. Here is an example of the changes that are needed.

% cat /etc/nfs/nfslog.conf
#ident  "@(#)nfslog.conf        1.5     99/02/21 SMI"
# NFS server log configuration file.

global  defaultdir=/var/nfs \
        log=nfslog fhtable=fhtable buffer=nfslog_workbuffer

publicftp log=logs/nfslog fhtable=fh/fhtables buffer=buffers/workbuffer

In this example, any file system that is shared with log=publicftp uses the following values:

For procedural information, refer to How to Enable NFS Server Logging.