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.