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I want to find out everything possible about how the PC was used in the past few days. Like who logged in, for how long was the PC was locked and any other information about user activity that is logged on the PC.

I know that last command can be used to find out who was logged in and for how long. Any other information that can be found out.

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The last command will show user logins, logouts, system reboots and run level changes.

The file /etc/syslog.conf will show how your log files are configured. For example, it may show that auth and authpriv.* facilities are logged to /var/log/auth.log.

Your log files will probably be rotated, so in addition to looking at files such as /var/log/auth.log, you may need to look in their older counterparts such as /var/log/auth.log.1 and /var/log/auth.log.n.gz (using zcat) where "n" could be any integer depending on how your rotation is set up.

Although the files can be manipulated by the users, sometimes you can look at ones such as ~username/.bash_history. Even files like ~username/.lesshst can have useful information if you really need to dig deep.

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Check out the syslog messages in /var/log/* there is alot of good info there about what has been going on on your system.

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an insteresting way to see all activity in one shot.

egrep -r '(login|attempt|auth|success):' /var/log

you can change keywords (login|attempt|auth|success) with suitable ones according to your linux box. to add more use long pipe in paranthesis.

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