acct — switch process accounting on or off
||const char *filename
acct() system call
enables or disables process accounting. If called with the
name of an existing file as its argument, accounting is
turned on, and records for each terminating process are
as it terminates. An argument of NULL causes accounting to be
On success, zero is returned. On error, −1 is
errno is set
Write permission is denied for the specified file,
or search permission is denied for one of the
directories in the path prefix of
filename (see also
not a regular file.
points outside your accessible address space.
Error writing to the file
Too many symbolic links were encountered in
The system-wide limit on the total number of open files has been reached.
The specified filename does not exist.
Out of memory.
BSD process accounting has not been enabled when the
operating system kernel was compiled. The kernel
configuration parameter controlling this feature is
A component used as a directory in
filename is not in fact a
The calling process has insufficient privilege to
enable process accounting. On Linux, the
CAP_SYS_PACCT capability is
refers to a file on a read-only filesystem.
There are no more free file structures or we ran out of memory.
No accounting is produced for programs running when a system crash occurs. In particular, nonterminating processes are never accounted for.
The structure of the records written to the accounting file is described in acct(5).
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