accton - The accton command turns on/off process accounting or changes the file where the info of process accounting is saved.
accton [option] on|off|filename accton [-v |--version] [-h |--help]
accton command performs process accounting. This is widely used to monitor user activities and resource consumption, by default accton command uses /var/log/account/pacct file, user can specify their own file, this OutFile parameter is not created by the accton command. The file specified by the OutFile parameter must already exist with the proper group, owner, and permissions. When it is run in background, this command saves and keeps track user activities and resource consumption.
|V, --version||Print the version number of ac to standard output and quit.|
|-h, --help||Prints the usage string and default locations of system files to standard output and exits.|
|on||Turns on process accounting using the default accounting.|
|off||Turns off process accounting.|
|filename||Turns on process accounting with given filename.|
Note: accton command should be run with root user previlages.
To see version of accton,
#accton -V (--version Show version and exit)
output: accton: GNU Accounting Utilities (release 6.5.5)
To turn on process accounting,
output: Turning on process accounting, file set to the default '/var/log/account/pacct'.
To turn off process accounting,
output: Turning off process accounting.
To turn on process accounting with user defined filename,
output: Turning on process accounting, file set to '/home/ubuntu/proc_acct'.
Note: /home/ubuntu/proc_acct file is user defined filename, This file should exist before running command.