ACCT(2) ACCT(2) NAME acct - turn accounting on or off SYNOPSIS acct(file) char *file; DESCRIPTION The system is prepared to write a record in an accounting file for each process as it terminates. This call, with a null-terminated string naming an existing file as argument, turns on accounting; records for each terminating process are appended to file. An argument of 0 causes accounting to be turned off. The accounting file format is given in acct(5). SEE ALSO acct(5), sa(8) DIAGNOSTICS On error -1 is returned. The file must exist and the call may be exercised only by the super-user. It is erroneous to try to turn on accounting when it is already on. BUGS No accounting is produced for programs running when a crash occurs. In particular nonterminating programs are never accounted for.