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Old 03-16-2002
Tail User

Ok i looked through quite a few posts but could not find what i was looking for so forgive me if this post can be found elese where...

I would like to use a command like tail view what users are doing in the system i have quite a few dba's that come come to my office and do work on the system and i would like to see exactly what they are doing, and if at all posible dump everything to a log so that if they are doing somthing that they should not be doing i will be able to find out, somthing that would go into so much detail that you would be able to see what command that they execute....
Would be so much help i might be able to point the finger at the correct person...
Thanks in advance
# 2  
Old 03-18-2002
Here's a thought, which will work the best if you have root access.

You could check the .sh_history file under the user's home directory as to what was happening with that account in the shell recently.

This type of logging is present on our AIX, PTX, and HP-UX systems, but I'm not sure if it's a feature with all unix flavors.

I'm not positive, but I think there are ways to retain more or less days worth of history in that file.

Hope this helps...
thekid
# 3  
Old 03-18-2002
Hi,

Try the 'script' command, this will store the executed commands, and keeps a record of everything printed on ur screen. but only problem is this can be terminated by a ctrl+d.
# 4  
Old 03-19-2002
script, .sh_history

both of these methods work great thanks alot... saves me a lot of headaces....
# 5  
Old 03-20-2002
I see it on my hp-ux version as sh_history but I am unable to bring show anything ? I cant' "cd" to it nor, cat, tail, more or vi ?

so how do you access this file ?

thanks
simon2000
# 6  
Old 03-20-2002
Tail user

well i found this file in user's home directory
/home/%username% .sh_history
In any case i would do the following

more /home/%username%/.sh_history
or
cd /home/%username%
more .sh_history
and its .sh_history not sh_history
# 7  
Old 03-20-2002
Thanks

Oh and i just wanted to let everyone know i am thankfull that i can give the answer to my own post, and i owe that thanks to THEKID, AND SHIBZ... and to everyone that has ever come up with and answer to a question on this forum...
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