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I want to know all the times a user logs since last year into my system?
I used last command but it is not useful.

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closed as unclear what you're asking by slm, strugee, Anthon, jasonwryan, peterph Apr 11 '14 at 9:59

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welcome to Stack Exchange! please remember that we're all volunteers here. as such, we expect that you've done some basic research. it looks like you have a start - since you mention trying the last command - but you should be doing more research than that, and in any case, you haven't actually specified why the last command isn't useful. also, define "logged in". do you want to track console logins? SSH logins? Emacs forbid, telnet logins? or just anything authenticating with PAM? be specific. – strugee Apr 11 '14 at 6:38

It seems last can be used to achieve what you are trying to do. You need to append the date to the last command to extract the information.

last | while read line; do date=`date -d "$(echo $line | awk '{ print $5" "$6" "$7 }')" +%s`; [[ $date -ge `date -d "Aug 25 00:00" +%s` && $date -le `date -d "Aug 28 00:00" +%s` ]] && echo $line; done

However, if you are concerned with finding information about a particular user, you can modify the last command as last username and then pipe the while loop to it. It would give you the information of a particular user's login information for the last one year.

I tested the above command and it works perfectly fine in my system. I took the above command from here.

You can change the date in the command to suit your requirements.

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The login logs on redhat-style linux are called wtmp (man wtmp), stored in /var/log/ by default, and you can retrieve them using utmpdump (on rhel6).

[root@server ~]# utmpdump /var/log/wtmp* | awk '$4~"root" {print}'
Utmp dump of /var/log/wtmp
[7] [01320] [ts/0] [root    ] [pts/0       ] [       ] [  ] [Tue Sep 24 00:31:47 2013 UTC]
[7] [01817] [ts/3] [root    ] [pts/3       ] [       ] [  ] [Tue Sep 24 00:38:22 2013 UTC]
[7] [01690] [ts/0] [root    ] [pts/0       ] [       ] [  ] [Tue Sep 24 00:59:04 2013 UTC]
[7] [23641] [ts/0] [root    ] [pts/0       ] [       ] [  ] [Wed Sep 25 19:12:44 2013 UTC]
[7] [03020] [ts/0] [root    ] [pts/0       ] [       ] [  ] [Fri Sep 27 21:33:40 2013 UTC]
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