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Does wordpress create any dated logs of activity? ie core updates, plugin download dates etc?

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No, it doesn’t. You could hook into the appropriate filters and save the information in an option or in a custom post type. I would log updates to PHP, MySQL and the server software too. Would be an interesting project. :)

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ah shame - just needed to check some dates against some scripts errors that may be due to client running wp & plugin updates. Found a few plugins now and looking into them. Thanks, Dan. –  daniel Crabbe Mar 21 '12 at 10:11
    
Check against Apache/nginx/or-your-flavor access logs and compare the dates of wp-admin/plugin.php against whatever time frames you have + check dates of files/directories created. The /updates/ directory should have something for you. –  soulseekah Mar 21 '12 at 11:58
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I use a plugin called BTEV - Bluetrait Event Viewer that does this job quite well.

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No you can't. But you can do the same using plugin, I am using WP-Activity Really grate.

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