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NAME

        acct - switch process accounting on or off
 

SYNOPSIS

        #include <unistd.h>
 
        int acct(const char *filename);
 

DESCRIPTION

        When  called  with the name of an existing file as argument, accounting
        is turned on, records for each  terminating  process  are  appended  to
        filename as it terminates.  An argument of NULL causes accounting to be
        turned off.
        On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and  errno  is
        set appropriately.
 

ERRORS

        EACCES Write  permission  is  denied  for the specified file, or search
               permission is denied for one of the directories in the path pre‐
path_resolution(2)), or filename is
               not a regular file.
 
        EFAULT filename points outside your accessible address space.
 
        EIO    Error writing to the file filename.
 
        EISDIR filename is a directory.
 
        ELOOP  Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving  filename.
 
        ENAMETOOLONG
               filename was too long.
 
        ENFILE The  system  limit  on  the  total number of open files has been
               reached.
 
        ENOENT The specified filename does not exist.
 
        ENOMEM Out of memory.
 
        ENOSYS BSD process accounting has not been enabled when  the  operating
               system  kernel was compiled.  The kernel configuration parameter
               controlling this feature is CONFIG_BSD_PROCESS_ACCT.
 
        ENOTDIR
               A component used as a directory in filename is  not  in  fact  a
               directory.
 
        EPERM  The calling process has insufficient privilege to enable process
               accounting.  On Linux the CAP_SYS_PACCT capability is  required.
 
        EROFS  filename refers to a file on a read-only file system.
 
        EUSERS There  are no more free file structures or we ran out of memory.
        SVr4, 4.3BSD (but not POSIX).
 

NOTES

        No accounting is produced for programs running when a crash occurs.  In
        particular, nonterminating processes are never accounted for.
acct(5).
 

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