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Sys::Utmp cpan:JSTOWE last updated on 2021-01-18
# Sys::Utmp

Raku access to Utmp entries on Unix-like systems.

## Description

Sys::Utmp provides access to the Unix user accounting data that may be
described in the utmp(5) manpage.  Briefly it records each logged in
user (and some other data regarding the OS lifetime.)

It will prefer to use the getutent() function from the system C library
if it is available but will attempt to provide its own if the OS doesn't
have that. Because the implementation of getutent() differs between
various OS and the C part of this module needs to provide a consistent
interface to Raku it may not represent all the data that is available on
a particular system, similarly there may be documented attributes that
are not captured on some OS.

## Installation

Because the various Unix-like systems have varying implementations of the
utmp facility this uses a small shared library written in C to provide a
consistent interface to the Raku library, this means that you will require
a working C compiler environment to be able to install this module.

It is entirely possible that the assumptions that I have made in the C
part aren't correct for your system and that this will not install or
work properly, if this is the case please see the "Support" section below.

Assuming you have a working Rakudo installation you should be able to
install this with *zef* :

    # From the source directory
    zef install .

    # Remote installation

    zef install Sys::Utmp

## Support

Suggestions/patches are welcomed via github at:

I'm not able to test on a wide variety of platforms so any help there would be 
appreciated. Also the assumptions in the C library are based on those used
in the XS part of the similarly named Perl 5 module which was written when
I had access to different systems, but time moves on and operating systems
change and some of this could be completely incorrect for some systems where
it previously worked.  So if you find that this doesn't compile or work
properly on your system and you can work out why the patches will be most

## Licence

This is free software.

Please see the [LICENCE](LICENCE) file in the distribution

© Jonathan Stowe 2015 - 2019