7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 22, 2011 1:37 PM by resourcesforlife.com
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I recently became interested in tracking the usage of some Apple computers. I discovered that the system.log events file in Console provides the login and logout times. So, I was able to use that to calculate how much time the computers are being used. This was very handy because there was data from October 2010 to June 2011. I went back a few days later and discovered the log files had been purged all except a few weeks of data. Is there any way to prevent them from being purged? Or, can I increase the size of the retained system.log file? What's the point of a log file tracking events if it's only going to be deleted? Alternatively there are programs designed to keep track of computer usage such as login and logout times as well as user usage by application. Would you recommend one of these?

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