Subject: Re: better w(1)
To: None <>
From: Wolfgang Rupprecht <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/21/1999 14:51:06
> But if xterm sessions don't create utmp and wtmp entries, then you've no
> record that the user had a session on the machine (apart from process
> accounting).  

If folks are using xdm to run xterms then it is possible to get xdm to
put entries in wtmp/utmp.  The entries use X display's name (eg. X:0)
where one would normally find the pty entry.  The stock compilation
flags don't turn on this feature for netbsd.  Most likely this is
because a small number of programs (like wall(1)) get confused when
they naively try to open /dev/X:0 and can't.

Perhaps wall can be hacked to special-case X displays and the xdm
compile-time define can be turned on for netbsd?  

That will give the best of both worlds by adding an entry for X users
without adding an entry for every xterm they are running.

       Wolfgang Rupprecht <>
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