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Re: last, lastlog, and desktop sessions

Okay, I finally decided to log out of my X11 session on my netbook (Fedora) and found that my memory was wrong.

last does not report logins to X11 desktop sessions.

Is there a command that does? I've been looking around the web, but so far google just tells me that X11 has an error log, which I know about.

auth.log has the information, but it's mixed with a bunch of other stuff.

lightdm/lightdm.log seems to have the information, too, but the time shown looks to be time from boot. I could write a script to extract just the login lines from auth.log, but I want to think someone has already done it. I mean, sure, grep sort of does the job:

sudo grep "lightdm: pam_unix(lightdm:session): session opened for user" /var/log/auth.log

but I'm sure there's a more general solution.

On Sat, Aug 3, 2013 at 8:39 AM, Joel Rees <joel.rees@gmail.com> wrote:
I've never been clear about the last command. My memory is that it recorded logins to the desktop as well as to ttyn devices. Today, I'm checking my logs, and I don't see any record of logins to the desktop unless the user also started a shell in a virtual terminal.

Has this changed recently? I'm I imagining things? Is there some setting that changes this, that might have changed when I upgraded from squeeze to wheezy?
Joel Rees

Joel Rees

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