Enormous utmp since mpsafetty

Philip Paeps philip at freebsd.org
Wed Aug 27 09:15:14 UTC 2008

On 2008-08-26 22:44:55 (+0800), kevin <kevinxlinuz at 163.com> wrote:
> Philip Paeps wrote:
> > Has anyone else noticed that /var/run/utmp sometimes grows to insane sizes
> > (998M) since mpsafetty?  I've been trying to pinpoint the culprit but I
> > haven't been successful so far.
> > 
> > I don't think mpsafetty itself is to blame.  Rather something which expects
> > our old tty system.
> > 
> > My original reaction was to blame screen, but I can't immediately see where it
> > might be going wrong.
> > 
> > Mysterious.  Anyone have any ideas?
> Could you check the output of `last`?

The output of last looks sane...  last checks wtmp though, not utmp, if I'm
not mistaken?  Interestingly, strings on utmp only shows the records I expect
to be there.  The rest of the file seems to be filled with zeros.

Very strange.

 - Philip

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