sa: user accounting initialization failed - FreeBSD 7-stable

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Tue Mar 4 15:10:03 UTC 2008

George Fazio <gfazio at> writes:

> I'm seeing errors from sa in my daily run output.  I read the man page
> for sa(8) and some of the commands that were referenced under the see
> also section.  I'm completely lost.  Could anyone point me in the
> right direction?
> Here is a snippet of the output from the daily run output
> Rotating accounting logs and gathering statistics:
> sa: converting user accounting stats: Inappropriate file type or format
> sa: user accounting initialization failed

Are you intending to use the system accounting functionality?  If not,
you probably don't need the files in /var/account at all (by default,
there wouldn't be any).

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