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We have a handful of users that login to our Linux virtual machine as root either through the vSphere client or through SSH and I want to see if there is a way to tell if multiple root users are logged in at the same time.

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You can use who command to find out all the logged in users. There is w command also available to find out the same.

  • I don't think "who" or "w" will show multiple root users logged in. You can also use "users" – DemiSheep Feb 14 '13 at 19:16
  • Try it for yourself. w and who both show one line per root session and the hostname/ip that they are logged in from. – Stefan Lasiewski Feb 14 '13 at 21:33
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    Note: that in many cases remote rsh and remote xterm users will not appear in who, w .... so you can't fully depend on this. – mdpc Feb 14 '13 at 22:06
  • But shouldn't they be visible in any case in last | head x which reads from wtmp? You could use last | head -n 100 | grep root | grep "still logged in" though that might also return roots that have already logged out some minutes ago. – Karma Fusebox Feb 15 '13 at 0:50
  • Ok I tested this with a coworker and "w" "who" and "users" all show multiple root accounts. Thanks! – DemiSheep Feb 18 '13 at 14:08

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