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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for acct (opensolaris section 2)

acct(2) 				   System Calls 				  acct(2)

NAME
       acct - enable or disable process accounting

SYNOPSIS
       #include <unistd.h>

       int acct(const char *path);

DESCRIPTION
       The acct() function enables or disables the system process accounting routine. If the rou-
       tine is enabled, an accounting record will be written  in  an  accounting  file	for  each
       process	that  terminates. The termination of a process can be caused by either an exit(2)
       call or a signal(3C)). The effective user ID of the process calling acct() must	have  the
       appropriate privileges.

       The  path  argument  points  to	the pathname of the accounting file, whose file format is
       described on the acct.h(3HEAD) manual page.

       The accounting routine is enabled if path is non-zero and no errors occur during the func-
       tion. It is disabled if path is	(char *)NULL  and no errors occur during the function.

RETURN VALUES
       Upon  successful  completion, 0 is returned. Otherwise, -1 is returned and errno is set to
       indicate the error.

ERRORS
       The acct() function will fail if:

       EACCES	       The file named by path is not an ordinary file.

       EBUSY	       An attempt is being made to enable accounting using the same file that  is
		       currently being used.

       EFAULT	       The path argument points to an illegal address.

       ELOOP	       Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating path.

       ENAMETOOLONG    The  length  of	the  path argument exceeds {PATH_MAX}, or the length of a
		       path argument exceeds {NAME_MAX} while _POSIX_NO_TRUNC is in effect.

       ENOENT	       One or more components of the accounting file pathname do not exist.

       ENOTDIR	       A component of the path prefix is not a directory.

       EPERM	       The {PRIV_SYS_ACCT} privilege is not asserted in the effective set of  the
		       calling process.

       EROFS	       The named file resides on a read-only file system.

SEE ALSO
       exit(2), acct.h(3HEAD), signal(3C), privileges(5)

SunOS 5.11				   20 Jan 2003					  acct(2)


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