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UTMP(5)			  FreeBSD File Formats Manual		       UTMP(5)

NAME
     utmp, wtmp, lastlog -- login records

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/types.h>
     #include <utmp.h>

DESCRIPTION
     The file <utmp.h> declares	the structures used to record information
     about current users in the	file utmp, logins and logouts in the file
     wtmp, and last logins in the file lastlog.	 The time stamps of date
     changes, shutdowns	and reboots are	also logged in the wtmp	file.

	   #define _PATH_UTMP	   "/var/run/utmp"
	   #define _PATH_WTMP	   "/var/log/wtmp"
	   #define _PATH_LASTLOG   "/var/log/lastlog"

	   #define UT_NAMESIZE	   16
	   #define UT_LINESIZE	   8
	   #define UT_HOSTSIZE	   16

	   struct lastlog {
		   int32_t ll_time;		   /* When user	logged in */
		   char	   ll_line[UT_LINESIZE];   /* Terminal line name */
		   char	   ll_host[UT_HOSTSIZE];   /* Host user	came from */
	   };

	   struct utmp {
		   char	   ut_line[UT_LINESIZE];   /* Terminal line name */
		   char	   ut_name[UT_NAMESIZE];   /* User's login name	*/
		   char	   ut_host[UT_HOSTSIZE];   /* Host user	came from */
		   int32_t ut_time;		   /* When user	logged in */
	   };

     The lastlog file is a linear array	of lastlog structures indexed by a
     user's UID.  The utmp file	is a linear array of utmp structures indexed
     by	a terminal line	number (see ttyslot(3)).  The wtmp file	consists of
     utmp structures and is a binary log file, that is,	grows linearly at its
     end.

     By	default, each time a user logs in, the pam_lastlog(8) program looks up
     the user's	UID in the file	lastlog.  If it	is found, the timestamp	of the
     last time the user	logged in, the terminal	line and the hostname are
     written to	the standard output.  The pam_lastlog(8) program then records
     the new login time	in the file lastlog.

     After the new lastlog record is written, the file utmp is opened and the
     utmp record for the user is inserted.  This record	remains	there until
     the user logs out at which	time it	is deleted.  The utmp file is used by
     the programs rwho(1), users(1), w(1), and who(1).

     Next, the pam_lastlog(8) program opens the	file wtmp, and appends the
     user's utmp record.  The user's subsequent	logout from the	terminal line
     is	marked by a special utmp record	with ut_line set accordingly, ut_time
     updated, but ut_name and ut_host both empty (see init(8)).	 The wtmp file
     is	used by	the programs last(1) and ac(8).

     In	the event of a date change, a shutdown or reboot, the following	items
     are logged	in the wtmp file.

     reboot
     shutdown  A system	reboot or shutdown has been initiated.	The character
	       `~' is placed in	the field ut_line, and reboot or shutdown in
	       the field ut_name (see shutdown(8) and reboot(8)).

     date      The system time has been	manually or automatically updated (see
	       date(1)).  The command name date	is recorded in the field
	       ut_name.	 In the	field ut_line, the character `|' indicates the
	       time prior to the change, and the character `{' indicates the
	       new time.

NOTES
     The wtmp file can grow rapidly on busy systems, so	daily or weekly	rota-
     tion is recommended.  It is maintained by newsyslog(8).

     If	any one	of these files does not	exist, it is not created by
     pam_lastlog(8).  The files	must be	created	manually.

     The supplied login(3), logout(3), and logwtmp(3) utility functions	should
     be	used to	perform	the standard actions on	the utmp and wtmp files	in
     order to maintain the portability across systems with different formats
     of	those files.

FILES
     /var/run/utmp     The utmp	file.
     /var/log/wtmp     The wtmp	file.
     /var/log/lastlog  The lastlog file.

SEE ALSO
     last(1), w(1), who(1), login(3), logout(3), logwtmp(3), ttyslot(3),
     ac(8), init(8), pam_lastlog(8)

HISTORY
     A utmp and	wtmp file format appeared in Version 6 AT&T UNIX.  The lastlog
     file format appeared in 3.0BSD.

FreeBSD	9.2		       November	14, 2001		   FreeBSD 9.2

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