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Unix Version 7 - man page for acct (v7 section 2)

ACCT(2) 			       System Calls Manual				  ACCT(2)

NAME
       acct - turn accounting on or off

SYNOPSIS
       acct(file)
       char *file;

DESCRIPTION
       The system is prepared to write a record in an accounting file for each process as it ter-
       minates.  This call, with a null-terminated string naming an existing  file  as	argument,
       turns  on accounting; records for each terminating process are appended to file.  An argu-
       ment of 0 causes accounting to be turned off.

       The accounting file format is given in acct(5).

SEE ALSO
       acct(5), sa(1)

DIAGNOSTICS
       On error -1 is returned.  The file must exist and the call may be exercised  only  by  the
       super-user.  It is erroneous to try to turn on accounting when it is already on.

BUGS
       No accounting is produced for programs running when a crash occurs.  In particular nonter-
       minating programs are never accounted for.

ASSEMBLER
       (acct = 51.)
       sys acct; file

											  ACCT(2)


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