ACCT-9622 - Linux process accounting

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Control details


Process accounting is a method to track system resources. It includes a way to monitor system resources and how these resources are used for the users on the system. On Linux systems, process accounting can be enabled to track these resources.

How to solve

See shell snippet to enable process account. Make sure to monitor disk usage on the related disk partition. ac: statistics about users (uses wtmp file) accton: turn process accounting on/off sa: provides accounting information summarization. Includes previously executed commands, I/O operation times, CPU times. lastcomm: displays previously executed commands

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