[K12OSN] When keeping login records...

Petre Scheie petre at maltzen.net
Fri Dec 8 15:54:34 UTC 2006

How about a script that greps for today's date in /var/log/messages--I think that's 
where vsftpd logs to--and pipe that to awk for records where field 5 equals vsftpd ($5 
/vsftpd/), and pipe that to awk to select the user ID from the respective field, and 
redirect the output to append to a file.  Something like this:

TODAY=$(date '+%b %e')
grep "^$TODAY" /var/log/messages | awk '$5 ~ /vsftpd/ {print $10}'

I'm assuming here that the user ID is in field 10 in the vsftpd records 
/var/log/messages; I don't run vsftpd anywhere so I can't check it.  Just change the 
variable number to match what is in /var/log/messages.


ahodson at elp.rr.com wrote:
> Hi list
> I am curious to learn from experienced users, when individual login
> records need to be kept, what are the most popular ways of doing so? I
> am in need of a daily list of who logged into a server (via ftp) so I
> can back up their work.
> Cheers
> Alan Hodson
> El Paso ISD, TX
> http://links.episd.org/
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