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Unable to get LAST command output - Error: Invalid record size. Unable to continue

arunaphcl
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Unable to get LAST command output - Error: Invalid record size. Unable to continue

Unable to get LAST command output - Error: Invalid record size. Unable to continue

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Bill Hassell
Honored Contributor

Re: Unable to get LAST command output - Error: Invalid record size. Unable to continue

The last command reads the login/logout records from /var/adm/wtmps (wtmp for older versions of HP-UX).  This is a binary file and cannot be edited without corrupting the contents. You'll need to create a new, empty wtmps file or restore the file from previous backups.



Bill Hassell, sysadmin
Dennis Handly
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Unable to get last(1) command output - Error: Invalid record size. Unable to continue

How important is this info?  If not, just scratch the file.

 

>This is a binary file and cannot be edited without corrupting the contents.

 

Unless you know what you're doing.  :-)  See:

http://community.hpe.com/t5/System-Administration/last-returns-no-login-info/m-p/5269768