Subject: Re: Text form of wtmp
To: Greywolf <email@example.com>
From: Vsevolod Stakhov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/16/2005 15:08:27
> [Thus spake Vsevolod Stakhov ("VS: ") Yesterday...]
> wtmp is a binary file with fixed length records because it makes for much
> faster processing. It's easier, computing-wise to parse a file of records
> of fixed size and display them in text format than it would be to parse
> a file of records of varying size and deal with them.
> We would not gain anything by converting wtmp from fixed-size-record
> format to text format. Humans are not the only things who gain from
> reading the information inside wtmp.
So, why other system log files are not in binary format? IMHO, binary
format is only comfortable for updating records, while records in wtmp
are only added.