couldn't open file '/var/log/account/pacct': No such file or directory

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4 (LTSS)


Executing "lastcomm" (from the package "acct") shows the error:

# lastcomm
couldn't open file '/var/log/account/pacct': No such file or directory



A PTF (temporary fix) has been created by engineering.
The patch changes the path used in the code so that it is consistent with the one used in the systemd service.

The SLES12 SP5 acct update released August 2021 includes the patch.


The location of the pacct file was changed from /var/account/pacct to /var/log/account/pacct.
Some commands of the acct package still look for it in the old path, resulting in the error 'No such file or directory'.


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  • Document ID:000020336
  • Creation Date: 30-Aug-2021
  • Modified Date:30-Aug-2021
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