SUMARRY: Problem with Last

From: Tuan-Eng Tan (
Date: Tue Mar 31 1998 - 17:15:57 CST

Hi, all

Problem solved. As Peter mentioned, the {ut}tmp[x] files are corrupted. I
emptied all files. Thanks to
 Peter Bestel <>
 Systems Admin <>

Original question:
> When I issue the last command on the Solaris 2.6 box, I do not see the
> lastest records. (Actually, the latest record last several week ago, and
> there is no new record after that) I checked the utmp, utmpx, wtmp and
> wtmpx, these files are updated each time I login. Any suggestion ?

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 15:08:24 -0800 (PST)
From: Systems Admin <>

I noticed that 2.6's syslogd was crashing. I havn't yet found a patch for


From: Peter Bestel <>

Sounds like the file may be corrupted. The tools to read the files will
get a certain ways along and then crap out on a read. Run the following
commands and try logging in:

cd /var/adm
mv lastlog lastlog.old ; mv wtmp wtmp.old ; mv wtmpx wtmpx.old
mv utmp utmp.old ; mv utmpx utmpx.old
touch lastlog utmp utmpx wtmp wtmpx ; chown adm wt*

Tuan-Eng Tan
Universities Water Information Network
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

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