[Okta Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now


AIX 5.3 user creation?

Posted on 2007-10-17
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
Does Unix AIX 5.3  keep records of when a user account has been created ?
Question by:kecoak
LVL 62

Expert Comment

ID: 20092053
Sometimes with appropriate auditing facility. Or by adding some logger to user initialization script.
LVL 46

Accepted Solution

Kent Olsen earned 2000 total points
ID: 20092810
Hi kecoak,

Nope.  AIX dutifully goes about its business of creating the user as most unix systems do.

If you want this logged, you'll have to install a 3rd party software, create your own script to log the new user, or replace mkuser with your own variant.  I reallly discourage this last option.

Good Luck,
LVL 40

Expert Comment

ID: 20093179

Any particular need?

If you have backups for your system, then you may check the content of /etc/passwd file in those backups which can till you when it was added.

Another way (but wont give exact date) is to see when was the last login for this user with the command last username. This will of course read the information from wtmp file (which again might be backed up and rotated regularly).


Featured Post

Important Lessons on Recovering from Petya

In their most recent webinar, Skyport Systems explores ways to isolate and protect critical databases to keep the core of your company safe from harm.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

I have been running these systems for a few years now and I am just very happy with them.   I just wanted to share the manual that I have created for upgrades and other things.  Oooh yes! FreeBSD makes me happy (as a server), no maintenance and I al…
Java performance on Solaris - Managing CPUs There are various resource controls in operating system which directly/indirectly influence the performance of application. one of the most important resource controls is "CPU".   In a multithreaded…
Learn how to find files with the shell using the find and locate commands. Use locate to find a needle in a haystack.: With locate, check if the file still exists.: Use find to get the actual location of the file.:
This video shows how to set up a shell script to accept a positional parameter when called, pass that to a SQL script, accept the output from the statement back and then manipulate it in the Shell.
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month19 days, 15 hours left to enroll

873 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question