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Deleting Accounting, Auditing, Operator Files?

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The Question is:

We have an Alpha 800 Server which will not boot, due to zero available disk
 space. After booting it in single user mode off the install CD.  I determined
 that the accountng.dat file had grown to over 8,000,000 blocks.  Can I safely
 delete this file? and w
ill it recreate itself once the server is rebooted upon?

The Answer is :

  You can safely delete the system accounting file.
  Various organizations will use a periodic batch job (daily, weekly,
  monthly, etc) or will use a system reboot to reset the accounting,
  operator, auditing, and related log files.
  The OpenVMS Wizard would recommend not using a version-based purge,
  but would encourage a date-based purge -- this so that a run-away
  deletion operation or a series of reboots do not erase recent and
  useful system data.

answer written or last revised on ( 21-NOV-2002 )

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