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Old 04-21-2004, 11:49 PM   #1
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wierd characters in /var/log/wtmp

hello all, while viewing the /var/log/wtmp file i get this. here is a rather short example....
~~~reboot2.4.20-30.9DXr@u5N~~~runlevel2.4.20-30.9DXr@Vy7l52.4.20-30.9DXr@7l52.4.20-30.9eXr@r??12.4.20-30.9eXr@?22.4.20-30.9eXr@?32.4.20-30.9eXr@?42.4.20-30.9eXr@?52.4.20-30.9eXr@! ?62.4.20-30.9eXr@B ?x2.4.20-30.9eXr@? ?tty11LOGIN?eXr@?tty22LOGIN?eXr?tty33LOGIN?eXr@?tty44LOGIN?eXr@?tty55LOGIN?eXr@ ?tty66LOGIN?eXr@ @:0:0hostnameV@?wXr@X@@@VB?.B?pts/0/0herbalXr@pts/1/1herbalJZrpts/0/0/hostnamer@@:0:0V@?nr@X@@@VB?.B?B05~~~runlevel2.4.20-30.9nr@v?tty112.4.20-30.9nr@?tty222.4.20-30.9nr@t?tty332.4.20-30.9nr@C?tty442.4.20-30.9nr@?tty552.4.20-30.9nr@2?tty662.4.20-30.9nr@
si2.4.20-30.9Ys@a~~~reboot2.4.20-30.9Ys@ ?5N~~~runlevel2.4.20-30.9Ys@?6l52.4.20-30.9Ys@56l52.4.20-30.9s@Aq12.4.20-30.9s@r22.4.20-30.9s@# s32.4.20-30.9s@
the file looks like it can be read, im not sure, any help as to why i get this would be thankful for.

Old 04-22-2004, 01:50 AM   #2
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That is more or less a binary file, veiw its contents with the 'last' command.
sh# last | more
Old 04-22-2004, 02:02 AM   #3
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ahh, thanks AutOPSY



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