How to enable/disable/start/stop process accounting (psacct)

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  • Need to collect process accounting data to better understand which commands were executed on a system.

  • /var/account/pacct is growing out of control, I need to shut off process accounting and/or disable it from starting the next time this machine boots.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

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