"last" not showing recent login activity

Matthew Seaman matthew at FreeBSD.org
Mon Dec 17 21:23:05 UTC 2012

On 17/12/2012 18:55, Matthias Petermann wrote:
> Hello,
> on one of my systems I just found out that "last" only shows some old
> login / logout activity, but not the recent actvities.
> The strange thing... everytime I log into the system, /var/log/utx.log
> gets update to the current timestamp (and also grows by some bytes).
> But "last" only shows very old data...
> srv# last -f utx.log -d 20121218
> matthias   pts/3                           Mon Dec  3 23:32   still
> logged in
> matthias   pts/2                           Mon Dec  3 23:31   still
> logged in
> Is there any reason why I can't see the recent logins there? Which
> component does write data to utx.log - is this done via syslog or a
> lower level mechanism?




Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.
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