admin directory overview

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Every account have a $HOME/admin directory, accessible in FTP, SSH, SFTP or WebDAV.

It contains:

  • mail: NFS mounting (Public Cloud) or symbolic links (Private Cloud) to the account mailboxes,
  • config,
  • logs,
  • tmp: temporary storage for your apps (we strongly recommend using this instead of /tmp),
  • backup: read-only NFS mounting for backups which are NOT stored locally.

This admin directory is not dedicated to storing your own files.


This directory hosts Apache, uWSGI or languages configuration files. You can access it read-only. Changes are made directly in your alwaysdata administration interface, in the Environment, Web > Configuration or Web > Sites menus.


It also gathers different types of logs:

  • http: access to your websites,
  • sites: launches, shutdowns and failures of “upstream” web servers,
  • jobs: achievements of your scheduled tasks,
  • services: achievements of your services,
  • apache: a log for all applications using this web (PHP and Apache custom),
  • uwsgi: a log for every application (Python WSGI, Ruby Rack and Ruby on Rails <= 2.x).

The alwaysdata administration’s interface presents an excerpt of these logs (Logs - 📄).

A retention period of logs can be set up for each account via the Advanced > Logs menu. For Private Cloud it is possible to do it at the server level in its HTTP menu. All logs (http, sites, jobs…) will be deleted once the desired period has passed.

Only apache et uwsgi logs from the ongoing month are counted into the account’s disk space quota.