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RW rwmaillists at
Sun Apr 11 12:12:01 UTC 2010

On Sun, 11 Apr 2010 11:32:27 +0200
Jos Chrispijn <kernel at> wrote:

> On 11-4-2010 9:41, Doug Hardie wrote:
> > A cheesy way to do that is to use a popen ("tail -f 
> > /var/log/auth.log", "r") and then read that. It will give you every 
> > login regardless of ssh, telnet etc. You could then generate the 
> > emails from that. I have no idea just how resource intensive this 
> > might be. You would also have to ensure it got started by rc during 
> > boot._______________________________________________
> In order to find out if someone logged in, I should then first copy 
> auth.log to auth2.log, and do a compare and then do the tail trick.
> Have to cron that every half a minute.
> I would like to know if there is something that is alterted on the 
> moment that someone logs on thus forcing evt. your tail suggestion

tail -f *is* event driven. When a new line is appended to auth.log,
tail will output it.

You should probably use 

$ tail -F -n 0 /var/log/auth.log

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