acct - switch process accounting on or off
int acct(const char *filename);
When called with the name of an existing file as argument,
accounting is turned on, records for each terminating
process are appended to filename as it terminates. An
argument of NULL causes accounting to be turned
On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and
errno is set appropriately.
- BSD process accounting has not been enabled when the operating system kernel was compiled. The kernel configuration parameter controlling this feature is CONFIG_BSD_PROCESS_ACCT.
- Out of memory.
- The calling process has no permission to enable process accounting.
- The specified filename does not exist.
- The argument filename is not a regular file.
- Error writing to the file filename.
- There are no more free file structures or we run out of memory.
SVr4 (but not POSIX). SVr4 documents EACCES, EBUSY, EFAULT,
ELOOP, ENAMETOOLONG, ENOTDIR, ENOENT, EPERM and EROFS error
conditions, but no ENOSYS.
No accounting is produced for programs running when a crash
occurs. In particular, nonterminating processes are never