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ACCT(5) 							File Formats Manual							   ACCT(5)

acct - execution accounting file SYNOPSIS
#include <sys/acct.h> DESCRIPTION
Acct(2) causes entries to be made into an accounting file for each process that terminates. The accounting file is a sequence of entries whose layout, as defined by the include file is: If the process does an exec(2), the first 10 characters of the filename appear in ac_comm. The accounting flag contains bits indicating whether exec(2) was ever accomplished, and whether the process ever had super-user privileges. SEE ALSO
acct(2), sa(1) ACCT(5)

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ACCT(2) 						      BSD System Calls Manual							   ACCT(2)

acct -- enable or disable process accounting SYNOPSIS
#include <unistd.h> int acct(const char *file); DESCRIPTION
The acct() call enables or disables the collection of system accounting records. If the argument file is a nil pointer, accounting is dis- abled. If file is an existing pathname (null-terminated), record collection is enabled and for every process initiated which terminates under normal conditions an accounting record is appended to file. Abnormal conditions of termination are reboots or other fatal system prob- lems. Records for processes which never terminate can not be produced by acct(). For more information on the record structure used by acct(), see /usr/include/sys/acct.h and acct(5). This call is permitted only to the super-user. NOTES
Accounting is automatically disabled when the file system the accounting file resides on runs out of space; it is enabled when space once again becomes available. RETURN VALUES
On error -1 is returned. The file must exist and the call may be exercised only by the super-user. ERRORS
Acct() will fail if one of the following is true: [EPERM] The caller is not the super-user. [ENOTDIR] A component of the path prefix is not a directory. [ENAMETOOLONG] A component of a pathname exceeded {NAME_MAX} characters, or an entire path name exceeded {PATH_MAX} characters. [ENOENT] The named file does not exist. [EACCES] Search permission is denied for a component of the path prefix, or the path name is not a regular file. [ELOOP] Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating the pathname. [EROFS] The named file resides on a read-only file system. [EFAULT] File points outside the process's allocated address space. [EIO] An I/O error occurred while reading from or writing to the file system. SEE ALSO
acct(5), sa(8) HISTORY
An acct() function call appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX. 4th Berkeley Distribution June 4, 1993 4th Berkeley Distribution
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