audit_log_acct_message - Linux


audit_log_acct_message is a powerful command used to control system auditing and log accounting messages. It allows system administrators to manage the generation and storage of audit records for system events. This is particularly useful in environments where security and compliance are critical.


audit_log_acct_message [options] [-a <actions>]


  • -a : Specify the action to be performed. Possible actions include:
    • login: Log login and logout events
    • logout: Log logout events
    • modify: Log file modifications
    • delete: Log file deletions
    • create: Log file creations
  • -f : Specify a custom audit configuration file.
  • -d : Specify a custom audit trail directory.
  • -s : Set the maximum size limit for audit trails.
  • -p : Set the priority level for audit messages.
  • -w : Log only events related to the specified group.
  • -t : Log only events related to the specified user type.
  • -u : Log only events related to the specified user.
  • -r: Reset the audit configuration to default values.
  • -h: Display usage information.


1. Log login and logout events:

audit_log_acct_message -a login,logout

2. Set a custom audit configuration file:

audit_log_acct_message -f /etc/audit/custom.conf

3. Reset the audit configuration to default:

audit_log_acct_message -r

Common Issues

  • Permission Denied: Ensure you have root privileges or use sudo before running audit_log_acct_message.
  • Invalid Filename: Make sure the specified audit configuration file exists and is readable.
  • Full Audit Trail: Monitor the size limit of audit trails and clean them up regularly to prevent the system from running out of disk space.


audit_log_acct_message can be integrated with other commands and tools for advanced tasks:

  • Auditd: Configure the audit daemon using audit rules in conjunction with audit_log_acct_message.
  • Systemd: Create systemd units to automatically start and manage audit logging.
  • Logwatch: Monitor and analyze audit logs for security events.

Related Commands

  • auditctl – Configure and manage Linux audit settings.
  • auditd – The Linux audit daemon.
  • ausearch – Search and display audit messages.
  • ausecure – Audit and report security events.