Get uptime/loading/logins information remotely

There are two utilities available in Linux and Unix that provide information about remote user logins. These are rusers and rwho, which are backed up by corresponding daemons, rusersd and rwhod. These daemons share login information over the network allowing sysadmins to monitor login activity on different hosts.

Once the daemons are installed and running (sudo apt-get install rwho rusers -y in Ubuntu, yum install rwho rusers in Fedora and etc.) at different hosts across the network, you can use several tools to get login information about all of these hosts. One of them is rwho that is the remote and network-enabled version of the well known who tool.

[email protected]:~$ rwho
tesadmin tes1000_v203_1322_tst0:pts/1 Oct 24 10:25
viper viper-laptop:pts/0 Oct 24 10:24
viper viper-laptop:pts/1 Oct 24 10:26 :01
viper viper-laptop:pts/2 Oct 24 10:25
viper viper-laptop:tty7 Oct 24 09:11

Another one is rusers tool that broadcasts over the network for the rusersd daemon on the other hosts to return the information about the users currently logged in:

[email protected]:~$ rusers
Sending broadcast for rusersd protocol version 3... tesadmin
viper-laptop. viper viper viper viper

Another tool available when rwhod is running is ruptime that outputs the loading and uptime information for all servers running rwhod in the LAN.

[email protected]:~$ ruptime
tes1000_v203 up 14+19:00, 1 user, load 0.59, 0.47, 0.46
viper-laptop up 1:39, 4 users, load 0.40, 0.52, 0.45

This is really nice tool to monitor status of servers without need to log in to them.

You can read more information about these tools and related ones here (IBM’s doc).


Stefan Durand

My name is Stefan, I'm the admin of LinuxScrew. I am a full-time Linux/Unix sysadmin, a hobby Python programmer, and a part-time blogger. I post useful guides, tips, and tutorials on common Linux and Programming issues. Feel free to reach out in the comment section.

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