Re: utmp

cloister bell (
Mon, 31 Jul 1995 21:24:15 -0700 (PDT)

> 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.

i started getting this after i upgraded libc and libm to 4.7.2 and 4.6.27
respectively. it turns out that lots of different packages expect utmp to
be in lots of different places. sure is nice that unix filesystems
support links. :) i have things that expect to find utmp in /etc,
/var/adm, and /var/run. i keep the real one in /var/adm (since that's
where it was before), but i suppose it doesn't matter where you keep yours
as long as the links make sense.