Subject: Re: increasing UT_HOSTSIZE for IPv6?
To: None <email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Bill Sommerfeld <email@example.com>
Date: 07/26/1999 07:05:03
I'll weigh in here since revving utmp is one of the last things left
to finish long user-name support.
As others have stated, utmpx is just utmp with bigger field lengths.
This is the Wrong Answer.
Something closer to the right answer involves defining a new API for
reading utmp/wtmp, and revving the existing utmp-updating API
(-lutil's login/logout/logwtmp) to keep the old files up to date so we
don't really need a "/dev/utmp" to hallucinate the old file.
There's existing prior art for this (there's the getut*/putut* calls
in solaris), but unfortunately they just use the existing "struct utmp"
with its fixed-length fields.
If I were building something from scratch:
- for network logins, both the hostname and the sockaddr should be
logged, since the address<->host binding varies over time, and logging
the client port number and, for V6, the interface index is also
- I'd use db for the utmp and lastlog replacement (utmp keyed by
"line", while lastlog keyed by either uid or login name), and a plain
text file for the wtmp replacement.
- I'd probably also extend lastlog to record unsuccessful login info