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System Administration Guide: Advanced Administration
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1.  Managing Terminals and Modems (Overview)

2.  Setting Up Terminals and Modems (Tasks)

3.  Managing Serial Ports With the Service Access Facility (Tasks)

4.  Managing System Resources (Overview)

5.  Displaying and Changing System Information (Tasks)

6.  Managing Disk Use (Tasks)

7.  Managing UFS Quotas (Tasks)

8.  Scheduling System Tasks (Tasks)

9.  Managing System Accounting (Tasks)

What's New in System Accounting

Oracle Solaris Process Accounting and Statistics Improvements

What is System Accounting?

How System Accounting Works

System Accounting Components

Connect Accounting

Process Accounting

Disk Accounting

Fee Calculations

How Daily Accounting Works

What Happens If the System Shuts Down

System Accounting (Task Map)

Setting Up System Accounting

How to Set Up System Accounting

Billing Users

How to Bill Users

Maintaining Accounting Information

Fixing Corrupted Files and wtmpx Errors

How to Fix a Corrupted wtmpx File

Fixing tacct Errors

How to Fix tacct Errors

Restarting the runacct Script

How to Restart the runacct Script

Stopping and Disabling System Accounting

How to Temporarily Stop System Accounting

How to Permanently Disable System Accounting

10.  System Accounting (Reference)

11.  Managing System Performance (Overview)

12.  Managing System Processes (Tasks)

13.  Monitoring System Performance (Tasks)

14.  Troubleshooting Software Problems (Overview)

15.  Managing System Messages

16.  Managing Core Files (Tasks)

17.  Managing System Crash Information (Tasks)

18.  Troubleshooting Miscellaneous Software Problems (Tasks)

19.  Troubleshooting File Access Problems (Tasks)

20.  Resolving UFS File System Inconsistencies (Tasks)

21.  Troubleshooting Software Package Problems (Tasks)


Billing Users

If you provide special user services by request, you might want to bill users by running the chargefee utility. Special services include restoring files or remote printing. The chargefee utility records charges in the /var/adm/fee file. Each time the runacct utility is executed, new entries are merged into the total accounting records.

See the acctsh(1M) man page for more information.

How to Bill Users

  1. Become superuser or assume an equivalent role.

    Roles contain authorizations and privileged commands. For more information about roles, see Configuring RBAC (Task Map) in System Administration Guide: Security Services.

  2. Charge a user for special services.
    # /usr/lib/acct/chargefee username amount

    Specifies the user account that you want to bill.


    Specifies the number of units to bill the user. This value is an arbitrary unit that you set to charge users based on some task such as printing or restoring a file. You would have to write a script that invokes the chargefee utility and charges a user for a specific task.

Example 9-4 Billing Users

In the following example, the user print_customer is charged 10 units.

# /usr/lib/acct/chargefee print_customer 10