Managing process accounting on Linux

Process accounting is a method of recording and summarizing commands and processes. It8217s an option on Linux systems but you have to enable it and use a particular command to view the details collected. This post covers the commands involved and offers some suggestions on making the views even more useful.

To start understand that process accounting is different than what you see when running the ps command. It shows details on commands that have completed - not those that are currently running. It also shows a lot more details than you would see by looking at your users8217 command history files and keeps all the collected data in a single file on the system.


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