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Old 12-31-2007
Question wtmpx file is too big


I am using Sun Solaris 5.9 OS. I have found a file called wtmpx having a size of 5.0 GB. I want to clear this file using :>/var/adm/wtmpx. My query is, would it cause any problem to the running live system.

Could anyone suggest the best method to clear the file without causing problem to the system.

Thanks & Regards,
# 2  
Old 12-31-2007
cat /dev/null > /var/adm/wtmpx
cat /dev/null > /var/adm/wtmp

# 3  
Old 12-31-2007
Question Thanks


would it cause any problem to the running system?

# 4  
Old 12-31-2007
This will work without executing cat.

> /var/adm/wtmpx
> /var/adm/wtmp

You may want to backup what you have since it may contain audit data.

I would suggest to compress the files when you do the backup.
gzip -c /var/adm/wtmpx >/my/backup/path/wtmpx.gz
gzip -c /var/adm/wtmp >/my/backup/path/wtmp.gz

I would suggest to rotate these files on a regular basis.
# 5  
Old 12-31-2007

Thanks for the help.

# 6  
Old 12-31-2007
check the logadm utility. This might work for you.

logadm          logadm (1m)     - manage endlessly growing log files

# 7  
Old 01-05-2008
Hi Friend, Smilie

Best way is to purge the file

> /var/adm/wtmpx

this command will not effect your system, but you will loss all the information of user who logged in your server before, and first check the permission of file what is that after purging file and befor purging file if it chaged due to some resion then system will not boot after reboot then you need to reboot m/c in sigle user mode and create these empty file with same permission


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