Re: utmp

Todd Fries (
Sun, 30 Jul 1995 21:19:31 +0000 (GMT)

Just a hunch: did you recently change over to elf?

In the a.out format, executables have utmp and wtmp in

However, in elf, I'm not entirely sure if they are in
/var/log or /var/run.

I just know that

ln -sf /var/log/utmp /var/log/wtmp /etc
ln -sf /var/log/utmp /var/log/wtmp /var/run

seems to take care of any problems I was having with utmp and
wtmp, which included the the 'w' program and any program
using utmp and wtmp not finding anyone logged in, when in fact
there were many people logged in.

After putting many pieces together, I finally figured this out.
Was there a general announcement about this that I missed, or
is it just one of the learning experiences we must encounter?

> i haven't the slightest idea if this is the right place for this
> posting, but here it goes.... i keep getting a message that says:
> " Can't open utmp " and some more stuff after that. It doesn't seem
> to be causing any problems, but the message pops up ALL the time. It
> is quite annoying to be editing a file and all of a sudden that
> message come accross your screen and hide the text your working with.
> I would greatly appreciate any help.