Chapter 40: Login Accounting

Login accounting is concerned with recording which users are currently logged in to the system, and recording past logins and logouts. This chapter looks at the login accounting files and the library functions used to retrieve and update the information they contain. We also describe the steps that an application providing a login service should perform in order to update these files when a user logs in and out.

40 Login Accounting
40.1 Overview of the utmp and wtmp Files
40.2 The utmpx API
40.3 The utmpx Structure
40.4 Retrieving Information from the utmp and wtmp Files
40.5 Retrieving the Login Name: getlogin()
40.6 Updating the utmp and wtmp Files for a Login Session
40.7 The lastlog File
40.8 Summary
40.9 Exercises

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