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View what users are / was logged on a system

There are several simple commands to show what users are logged a Linux systems.

These commands are standard in all distributions:

   who -a

who and users show who are currently logged on. You can also use last:


Last looks through /var/log/wtmp and displays a log of the last users logged on, including those currently logged on.

Another possibility is to get the users-information from the systems logs:

  grep sshd /var/log/messages

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