_setutent: Can't open utmp: No such file or directory

_setutent: Can't open utmp: No such file or directory

Post by George Sh » Tue, 22 Nov 1994 15:36:59



Did anyone come across the following message when trying start the "xterm" ?  

_setutent: Can't open utmp file: No such file or directory

"xterm" would start fine but in its opened window, above message would get
repeated 3 times... Weried, since this started happening just after i installed
the new gcc, binutils and libc package announced by H.J. Lu.

Any feedback would be appreciated...

-gshin

 
 
 

1. _setutent: Can't open utmp file: No such file or directory

I have a Linux 1.2.8 server at work that has developed this problem after
a power outage this week. The power was out for a prolonged period of time and
the UPS ran out of juice. When the machine came back up online, it produces the
error message "_setutent: Can't open utmp file: No such file or directory" when
you try to do a "w" or when you open an xterm in openwindows. The /var/adm/utmp
file is still there as is its symbolic link from /etc/utmp -> /var/adm/utmp. I
had one other machine do this once before, but I reinstalled Linux before I had
a chance to track down the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Bill deWindt
Systems Administrator
Hampden-Sydney College in VA

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