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Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2022



utmp, wtmp - utmp and wtmp database entry formats


#include <utmp.h>


The utmp and wtmp database files are obsolete and are no longer present on the system. They have been superseded by the extended database contained in the utmpx and wtmpx database files. See utmpx(5).

It is possible for /var/adm/utmp to reappear on the system. This would most likely occur if a third party application that still uses utmp re-creates the file if it finds it missing. This file should not be allowed to remain on the system. The user should investigate to determine which application is recreating this file.

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The utmp and wtmp files were removed from Solaris in Solaris 8.