Cannot get sftp transfers to log in the systemd journal

John da_audiophile at
Tue May 10 20:57:13 AEST 2016

> On 05/09/2016 06:10 PM, John wrote:

>>  I'd like to have sshd write entries into the systemd journal logging 
> sftp transfers.  From googling, it seems that one needs to edit 
> /etc/ssh/sshd_config adding this line:
>>  Subsystem sftp  /usr/lib/ssh/sftp-server -f AUTH -l VERBOSE
>>  I can transfer files via filezilla (sftp) but I don't get anything in 
> `journalctl -u sshd` that shows these transfers, just a few lines showing I 
> connected.  What am I doing wrong?  I am using version 7.2p2 on Arch Linux.  
> Thanks in advance!
> These logs are logged under different "user" than sshd. It should be 
> logged under "sftp-server" process name. It certainly works on 
> Fedora/RHEL, unless:
>   * you are in chroot -- this requires a bit different approach
>   * your user is blocked from opening or writing to /dev/log or however 
> is syslog configured to accept logs
> Note, that using above settings logs under the user logging in and not 
> under root so you need appropriate access.

Thank you for the reply.  Indeed, I see entries for the entries in my journalctl output under 'sftp-server' if I transfer a file from a normal user on my system.  I also setup a chroot-jail but as you mentioned, no logs are written for these.  What is the different approach I need to use?

To help, here is the relevant section of my sshd_config:

Match group sshusers
  ChrootDirectory %h
  X11Forwarding no
  AllowTcpForwarding no
  PasswordAuthentication yes
  ForceCommand internal-sftp

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