Webmin provides a number of configurable options, access control features and flexible action logging in order to allow maximum flexibility and security of the Webmin server and the various Webmin system administration modules. These features are accessed through the Webmin tab on the index page of Webmin. When in the Webmin category, you will see icons for Usermin Configuration, Webmin Actions Log, Webmin Configuration, Webmin Servers Index, and Webmin Users. Keep in mind that the modules located under the Webmin tab are for configuring Webmin itself, not the underlying system. So, for example, creating a user in the Webmin Users module will not create a system user, only a Webmin user. Likewise, the Webmin Actions Log module allows you to search and view the Webmin log, not any system or service log that might exist. We'll get to those kinds of options later. For the moment, we're going to skip over Usermin Configuration, as Usermin receives full coverage in the next chapter.
This page provides access to the Webmin log. This log can be configured for each module, and individual users. This module does not configure the logs, but provides a means to search the logs for actions performed by particular logged users, or actions performed in given logged modules. Configuration of Webmin's logging capabilities is covered in the Webmin Configuration section.
With this module it is possible to search for actions by specific users, within specific modules, for a given range of dates, or any combination of those qualifications. For example, if you manage a number of junior system administrators and you'd like to find out if one of them has edited an Apache virtual server configuration in the past week, this module makes those kinds of questions easy to answer (assuming logging to that degree is enabled, of course).