Subject: Re: Accounting
To: Andrew Wheadon <>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <cgd@postgres.Berkeley.EDU>
List: current-users
Date: 02/15/1994 16:18:49
> Shouldn't there be a line in /etc/newsyslog.conf that
> accounts for /var/account/acct, or even better shouldn't
> information older than a certain date be forgotten auto-
> magically.

the problem is, a accounting-aware utility needs to do this,
otherwise the kernel will never close and reopen the accounting

normally, this is done by the 'sa' utility, but that's
USL-proprietary, and i've looked but can't seem to find a free

If one used newsyslog to rotate it, and never bothered to reboot
the machine or enable/disable accounting, it would *still* grow
to be gigantic, but it would be unlinked because newsyslog would
have deleted the original file, but a link would still have been
kept to it.