Monitoring User Activity with psacct or acct
Jan 17, 2010, 00:02 (0 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to Andrew
Weber for this link. ]
"Monitoring with psacct
An excellent program for monitoring users and applications is
psacct. This program will work in the background of your system
recording what all users are doing on your system as well as the
resources that are being consumed. I originally started using this
program when a client asked for a way to monitor his developers and
what they were doing on the servers that they were working on.
psacct provided an excellent solution which told not only how long
the developers were on the box but what commands they were using
and how much of the resources they were using. Another great
application for this program is to use it to evaluate the resources
that applications are consumed on your server. So for example you
could see the total resources consumed by apache, mysql, etc.
Whether you are a CentOS Administrator or an Ubuntu Server
Administrator or a home user wanting to track activity on your
machine, this is a good program to explore.
"Install Process Accounting
yum install psacct
sudo apt-get install acct
Start Process Accounting
Starting process accounting:
[ OK ]
sudo service acct start"