acct is an open-source application that allows tracking user’s activities on the system. It works in the background and monitors all user activity on the system and the resources used. It is often used at companies and must work continuously on servers. It is very useful because it provides resources used by Apache, MySQL, FTP,…
Now we’re gonna introduce you to monitoring user activity with the acct tool on Ubuntu 20.04. Hope you understand.
Installing acct package
Run the apt command to install:
$ sudo apt install acct
Display user connection time statistics
The ac command will display from the current wtmp file:
Display statistics of total login time day-wise
Run with -d option:
$ ac -d
Display total login time of each user
Run with -p option:
$ ac -p
Show personal user time
For example, I will statistic time of user “ubuntu”:
$ ac ubuntu
Show day-wise login time of specified user
For example, I will show of user “ubuntu”:
$ ac -d ubuntu
We just introduced you to how to monitor user activity with the acct tool on Ubuntu 20.04.
Thank you for reading!
Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications including CCNA RS, SCP, and ACE. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various websites.