[CentOS] Interesting faillog files.

Matt Hyclak hyclak at ohio.edu
Fri Oct 24 15:15:00 UTC 2008


On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 06:11:29PM +0300, Semih Gokalp enlightened us:
> yes i did it before.
> 
> du /var/log/message
> 
> 28      /var/log/faillog
> 
> but
> 
> ls -al /var/log/
> 
> -rw-------  1 root   root   137438953440 Oct 24 17:37 faillog
> 
> but why it is different ?
>

It is what is called a "sparse file". Google should be able to tell you the
details.

Matt

P.S. Please do not top post.

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